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Descendants gather to remember Quintinshill victims

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Descendants of the men that lost their lives in a rail disaster in Gretna 100 years ago have gathered to pay their respects at a cemetery in Edinburgh, where many of the victims are buried.

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The 22nd May 2015 marks the centenary of the Quintinshill train crash in Gretna, in which 216 members of 1st/7th (Leith) Battalion The Royal Scots were killed or died in the aftermath.

The Royal Scots Association (for former members of The Royal Scots), supported by members of the 1st, 2nd and 6th Battalions of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, the descendant Regiment of The Royal Scots, are holding the commemoration at Rosebank Cemetery.

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River Tweed awarded top prize

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The River Tweed Forum in the Scottish Borders has been announced as the winner of the top UK River Prize at this year's River Restoration Centre’s Annual Conference.

The Tweed Forum were presented with a cheque for £10,000 to be used on further restoration of the river, as well as the Nigel Holmes trophy.

The trophy is awarded to "celebrate innovation and best practise in river restoration and catchment management."

Tweed Forum has been responsible for projects that have protected and improved miles of river; conserved wildlife, increased fish stocks and enhanced rare wetland habitats.

It's also helped control Giant Hogweed and Japanese Knotweed covering an area of 300 miles.

"Whilst the £10,000 prize is fantastic and extremely important, it is the recognition of years of work by the Forum and its members that is perhaps more valuable."

– Luke Comins, Director of Tweed Forum

Spring Fling in full flow across D&G

Natalie has travelled from her home in The Hague to take part in Spring Fling Credit: Colin Hattersley

Scotland's premier arts and crafts festival, Spring Fling, is well underway across Dumfries and Galloway.

A total of 95 studios are taking part in this year's event, which is now in it's 13th year, with artists coming from all over Europe.

As part of the festival, many artists who no longer live in the region are encouraged to return to their roots through the 'Spingback' scheme.

This year Natalie McIlroy, whose family are in Langholm, has returned from her home in The Hague to display some of her work. Her exhibition at the Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries features pieces from four different national and international projects.

“I do a lot of travelling and international residencies and this is a great chance to come back to this area and show the work I’ve been doing. It’s really important to return to your roots, it makes you realise how much home influences your work wherever you are.

“And these days Dumfries and Galloway is such an exciting place for the arts and gives so much support. In the last few days I have been talking to young artists here who are involved with some brilliant projects."

– Natalie McIlroy, Artist


Hundreds pay tribute to Keir Millar

A car-shaped floral tribute from Keir Millar's parents Credit: ITV Border

Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of 11-year-old Keir Millar, who died in a mini stock car accident earlier this month.

Keir, from the village of Heck near Lockerbie, passed away following a racing event in Fife.

Amongst the floral tributes at the funeral in Lochmaben was a mini-car from his parents.

The police were called to monitor traffic in the town because of the number of people who attended.

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