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Dumfries' flower beds need you

The flower bed on Market street is one of those affected Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

Dumfries and Galloway council is asking for your help.

As part of the Council’s savings measures, it has reduced the number of flower bedding areas that it maintains across the region.

The following beds will be affected:

  • Market Street
  • Port Rodie Roundabout
  • Springwell Road Corner
  • Stoneykirk Road Verges

The Council says it needs community volunteers to help with the on-going planting and maintenance of these beds, otherwise it will have to remove them and grass the areas over.

“We look forward to working with organisations and individuals within our community to ensure that we can, at this time of savings, work together to provide opportunities to make our flower beds as attractive as possible”.

– Marion McCutcheon, Chair of the Wigtown Area Committee


Stanwix Cemetery holds Quintinshill memorial

A memorial service was held at Stanwix Cemetery in Carlisle this morning to remember two victims of the Quintinshill disaster

Train driver Francis Scott and fireman James Hannah, who were both from Carlisle, were killed in Britain's worst ever rail crash near Gretna Green one hundred years ago.

The memorial service was organised by Carlisle City Councillor Paul Nedved and was something Rev Keith Teasdale thought was important.


Woman denies defrauding teenage cancer charity

Hayley McTaggart arriving at Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV Border

A woman's been in court in Carlisle accused of defrauding a charity set up by a teenager with cancer.

Thirty-two-year-old Hayley McTaggart faced five fraud charges and three counts of theft at the city's crown court.

Amongst the accusations is that she set up a bogus raffle for Alice's Escapes - a charity founded by Cumbrian teenager Alice Pyne, who died following a five-year battle with cancer.

The defendant, from Whitehven, is also accused of taking a cheque for £2,000 from the charity to pay for a sponsored walk up Kilimanjaro.

She denies all the charges and will next be at court in June.

Dumfries man hauls 16 ton truck 60 yards for charity

Credit: British Red Cross

A Dumfries man has raised more than £2,000 for the British Red Cross by hauling a 16 ton truck for 60 yards.

Dave Murray undertook the challenge on Sunday 24 May in front of a crowd in the Tesco car park at Cuckoo Bridge.

The 47-year-old Red Cross first aid volunteer wore a special harness and hauled himself along on a rope.

Credit: British Red Cross

He dragged the massive truck from a standing start to the finishing line in just three minutes.

But the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary nursing auxiliary wasn’t happy that it took him so long, blaming a dip in the road and a split sole on his trainer for holding him up.

“To be honest it wasn’t that difficult, once I got the truck moving. I just had to focus and picture myself pulling the truck. Having said that, I’ve no immediate plans to repeat the challenge.

“I hadn’t set any target but I hoped to get a few hundred for the Red Cross. By the time all the cash is in, the total will be more than £2,000 so I’m very happy."

– Dave Murray
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