Fish is waxing lyrical in Galashiels

Fish with the lyrics to 'Kayleigh' by Marillion which have been engraved into the paving slabs in the Market Square.
Fish with the lyrics to 'Kayleigh' by Marillion which have been engraved into the paving slabs in the Market Square.

FORMER Marillion frontman Fish has had his famous lyrics about Galashiels immortalised in paving stones in the town centre.

Fish, real name Derek Dick, was invited by Scottish Borders Council to officially open the refurbished Market Square, in which new paving stones have been inscribed with verses from his 1985 smash hit, Kayleigh.

The Dalkeith-born singer confirmed that certain parts of the song did refer to Galashiels, although not, as commonly believed, the lines about cherry trees in the Market Square. These, in fact, refer to Aylesbury, although they have also been etched into the new flagstones.

The song was partly inspired by a time in the 1980s when Fish’s girlfriend was at the Scottish College of Textiles in Galashiels.

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