THE HARRIS family are celebrating 50 years of ownership of The Original Rosslyn Inn in Roslin, just south of Edinburgh.

Grahame Harris and his son, Richard, run the popular hostelry, and have put together a series of videos which will be released on social media featuring the family, the Original, and its customers and staff, to mark the last five decades.

Now 71, Grahame was already a rising star in the hospitality industry when he arrived in the village with his parents Tom and Sheila, and turned a local pub into a thriving hotel, bar and restaurant with the focus on events, good food, and homely coaching inn accommodation.

Despite the challenges of the last few years, Richard is firmly forward focused and is ready to take the Original into the next phase, with modernisations of the accommodation, including green energy improvements, assisted by the Midlothian Business Gateway.

The neighbouring businesses, Dolly’s Tea Room and Chapelcross Guest House, are run by Richard’s wife, Amy.

Roslin, of course, is famous for its 16th-century Rosslyn Chapel, which featured in Dan Brown’s bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code, and the subsequent movie, starring Tom Hanks.

Its other claim to fame is Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned animal, created as part of a series of experiments at The Roslin Institute. John Lawson Johnston, who invented the hot drink, Bovril, was born in the Main Street of the village in 1839.

Famous guests said to have stayed at the Original over the years include Robert Burns, William Wordsworth, and Sir Walter Scott.