Former Marillion frontman Fish officially opened Market Square, Galashiels on Tuesday 17th July 2012 which has the lyrics to the song Kayleigh engraved in its paving stones. Scottish Borders Council put extracts from the hit into part of the paved area of the Square.
The song was partly inspired by a time in the 1980s when Fish’s girlfriend was at the town’s College of Textiles. SBC said it felt it was an appropriate tribute to incorporate the lyrics into the square redevelopment. The Haddington-based songwriter posted on Twitter that he had been “a wee bit emotional” at the “great reception” he received. The song was written in 1985 and proved to be the biggest hit enjoyed by Fish and Marillion.
He said one inspiration for the song was a time in the early 1980s when he visited halls of residence in Galashiels to see his girlfriend. “The line ‘dancing in stilletos in the snow’ was about coming back from a college ball,” he told the BBC Scotland news website. The Borders town was also where he performed his first gig. Hardscape supplied Magma granite setts and walling to the scheme together with Tower sandstone paving that has the engraved lettering to some of the lyrics of the song ‘Kayleigh’ within it.