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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.


Annual Spring Fling kicks off in Dumfries and Galloway

Diana de Gruyther by the sign pointing out her studio, which is one of 94 open to visitors Credit: Collin Hattersley

Thousands of visitors are expected to head for Dumfries and Galloway today for this weekend's annual Spring Fling festival.

A total of 94 studios across the region are set to welcome people from all over the UK and overseas for the visual art and craft event.

This year's festival is also hoping to attract food lovers.

Cumbrians warned over national rise in scarlet fever

A potential outbreak of scarlet fever means warning letters have been sent to all nurseries and schools across Cumbria.

Over the last 12 months, cases of the highly contagious disease have doubled nationally.

Health experts say a similar pattern is being seen in the county, especially in West Cumbria.

Symptoms include a sore throat, a pink itchy rash and swollen tongue.

While the condition has become less serious than it once was, anyone showing symptoms is advised to see a GP.

For more information, you can visit the NHS website here.


Grandfather attempts three marathons in 24 hours for charity

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A man from Dumfries with diabetes is attempting to complete the equivalent of three marathons in just one day to raise money for charity.

Derek Banks - who's been a type one diabetic for 55 years - will row, cycle and run 26 miles each time at his local gym.

He was inspired to fund raise for Diabetes UK after someone suggested he walked up Ben Nevis.

But the grandfather of 7 decided that would be too easy.

Top award for three of Copeland's beaches

Silecroft beach was among three in Copeland to get a Seaside Award Credit: Copeland Borough Council

Three beaches in Copeland have won a Seaside Award.

St Bees, Silecroft and Haverigg have been named as having the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

Fourteen beaches in the north west of England achieved the same status, which is awarded by the charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Copeland Borough Council runs the beaches and says it is pleased with the recognition.

This is great news.

Our staff and local community partners work hard to keep our amenity beaches safe and inviting for locals, holiday makers and day trippers."

– Julie Betteridge, Copeland Council’s director of customer and community services

Sir Alan Beith endorses Tim Farron's leadership bid

Sir Alan Beith was an MP until this year Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

A senior Liberal Democrat has today endorsed Tim Farron’s bid to become the next Leader of the party.

Sir Alan Beith was the MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed from 1973 until 2015.

In the past he has been the Deputy Leader of the party.

Tim Farron has the right qualities and skills to be a very effective and inspiring leader of the Liberal Democrats, building on the big increase in party membership since polling day and reinvigorating the activists who worked so hard but saw their efforts overwhelmed by the politics of fear in the last days of the campaign.

– Sir Alan Beith
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