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Galashiels' citizens often refer to their rival as dirty Hawick while the 'Teries' retort that Galashiels's residents are pail merks, supposedly because their town was the last to be plumbed into the mains water system and so residents had to rely on buckets as toilets.Galashiels was also home to the author of the famous Scottish song, "Coulters Candy".The closure led to a campaign for a return of rail to the region that never diminished.Following years of campaigning, in 2006, the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Act was passed by the Scottish Parliament, which authorised a partial restoration of the service.In 1599 Galashiels received its burgh Charter, an event celebrated every summer since the 1930s by the "Braw Lads Gathering", with riders on horseback parading through the town.The Paton Street drill hall was completed in the late 19th century.

There is another ancient site on the north-western edge of the town, at Torwoodlee, an Iron Age hill fort, with a later Broch known as Torwoodlee Broch built in the western quarter of the hill fort, and overlapping some of the defensive ditches of the original fort.

Snow is also much more common in winter, and covers the ground for an average of 38 days a year in an average winter.

Robert Burns wrote two poems about Galashiels, "Sae Fair Her Hair" and "Braw Lads".

It has a café, allowing travelers and commuters to relax prior to their bus or train journey, and upstairs has office space which can be leased to businesses and organizations.

It also has full toilet and baby changing facilities, and a travel helpdesk.

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The song is possibly better known by the first line of its chorus - "Ally, bally, ally bally bee". The 1985 Marillion hit single Kayleigh was partially inspired by events that took place in Galashiels as the band's lead singer Fish spent some time in the town in his earlier years.