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Citizens Advice Service

Thousands of us dip into our pockets at this time of year to buy presents and extra treats for friends and family. But the pressure to spend can lead to problems. And that's prompted Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service to issue some guidelines to help people avoid getting into debt at this time of year.

ITV Border spoke to Sue Irving from the Citizens Advice Service, and asked her what the main pitfalls are:


Further appeal following collision in Selkirk

Police in the Borders are continuing their appeal for witnesses after a road accident in Selkirk town centre.

Marion Fair, who is 84-years-old was struck by a lorry on Monday at around 3pm in Market Place, Selkirk. She is in a serious but stable condition at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

"We are looking to trace a woman who we believe witnessed this collision as she waved her arms to signal for the driver of the lorry to stop. Anyone who has information that can assist with our enquiries is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101."

– Sergeant Scott Sneddon

Marital bliss

Specially-decorated marriage anvil Credit: ITV Border News

Scottish artist Erin Colquhoun has dedicated a specially-decorated marriage anvil at the world famous Blacksmith's Shop in Gretna Green.

Under Scottish law, same sex couples now have the legal right to convert their existing civil partnership to a marriage.

Erin's anvil was inspired partly by the fact her younger sister was the victim of homophobic bullying at school.

It's estimated 5,000 couple get married each year in Gretna.

Gretna Green Credit: ITV Border News
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