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Golden Ticket to ride for veteran campaigner

A woman who campaigned for decades for the return of the Borders Railway was among the first passengers to travel the re-opened route today.

Madge Elliot, Borders Railway campaigner, on board the Golden Ticket train leaving Galashiels. Credit: ITV News

Madge Elliot was one of the select 'Golden Ticket' holders who took a ride on the line from Tweedbank to Edinburgh on Saturday, a day before its official opening to the public.

Couple rescued from quicksand on Cumbrian coast

A retired couple had to be rescued after becoming stuck in quicksand on the Cumbrian coast,

They remained stuck in marshes, at Flookburgh, for over an hour as the tide came in.

Rescuers attempt to dig the elderly man out of the sand. Credit: Bay Search & Rescue

The Morecambe RNLI hovercraft crew was first on the scene and managed to quickly extract the woman, who is in her 70s.

But the man was trapped up to his waist and in danger of sinking further.

The rescue operation involved a number of emergency services - including the RNLI, Coastguards, ambulance and fire crews.

When the man was finally freed the couple was taken to hospital and treated for the effects of the cold and damp.

A variety of rescue vehicles involved in the operation. Credit: Bay Search & Rescue
The rescued man is placed on a stretcher. Credit: Bay Search & Rescue
The RNLI rescue hovercraft. Credit: Bay Search & Rescue

Border Weather - Saturday

Blencathra from Clough Head summit Credit: STAN LEIGH

Dry and bright with some good sunny spells.

Best of the sunshine will be in the morning with more in the way of cloud building up during the afternoon.

A cool north-northwest breeze, especially along the east coast. Feeling pleasant in any sunshine. Highs 16°C


David Brannigan still missing, one week on

David Brannigan Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police have sent out a further appeal to try to find David Brannigan, a week after he went missing.

The 35-year-old, from Cockermouth, was last seen by family members at his home in the town last Friday.

Police were then contacted by a dog walker, who spoke to someone matching his description at the Workington Cross, in the Shorehills area of Workington, on Sunday.

They're also searching the water near Workington, after articles were found on the shore that led them to believe he may have entered the water.

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