Rugby’s coming home

An exhibition celebrating the career of Bill McLaren, 'The Voice of Rugby' was  launched by Scottish Rugby ambassador Chris Paterson MBE at Bowhill House.
An exhibition celebrating the career of Bill McLaren, 'The Voice of Rugby' was launched by Scottish Rugby ambassador Chris Paterson MBE at Bowhill House.

An exhibition celebrating the career of Bill McLaren, ‘The Voice of Rugby’, was launched by Scottish Rugby ambassador Chris Paterson MBE at Bowhill House on Monday.

The exhibition has been unveiled to mark the 200th anniversary of the Carterhaugh Ba’ Game, an historic hand ball match of epic proportions organised in Selkirk by the 4th Duke of Buccleuch, Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg in December 1815.

Speaking at the exhibition launch, Chris Paterson MBE said: “I’m delighted to open this exhibition in a landmark year for rugby. Not only is Rugby World Cup looming large – a competition that Bill loved – but with the 200th anniversary of the original Carterhaugh Ba’ Game coming later this year, what better time to celebrate The Voice of Rugby.”

The exhibition can be viewed at Bowhill theatre foyer until the end of September, every day except Tuesdays, 10am-4pm.