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Theatre Royal ready for panto season

A major milestone has been reached in the history of Scotland's oldest working theatre.

The Theatre Royal, in Dumfries, will re-open its doors on Wednesday following a £2 million refurbishment.

This afternoon, the bust of Robert Burns was returned to its rightful place, before the first performance. Lori Carnochan reports:


Saturday's football results

Two of the region's sides were in action in the Scottish Cup Third Round today.

  • Inverurie Loco 4-4 Annan Athletic
  • Stranraer 3-1 Buckie Thistle

This means Stranraer are comfortably through, however Annan will face a replay.

In League Two Carlisle United were at home to Crawley Town.

  • Carlisle United 3-1 Crawley Town

It was a dominating win for the Blues.

Return of Burns marks major milestone at Theatre Royal

The bust of Burns has been returned to the Theatre Royal Credit: ITV News Border

A major milestone was reached today when the bust of Robert Burns was returned to the Theatre Royal in Dumfries.

It was removed almost two years ago to allow for a £2 million overhaul and expansion of Scotland's oldest working theatre.

"We took Rabbie out because we didn't think he'd be safe when all the work was happening so he went to the Globe, Burns' favourite pub.

"Over the years we noticed he had sustained a little bit of damage shall we say so we decided that since we're going to have a nice new theatre, Rabbie should get a bit of a facelift too. Now that we're just about open for panto we felt he needed to be back."

– Anne Aldridge, Master of the Guild of Players
The refurbished Theatre Royal Credit: ITV News Border

The theatre, which was built in 1792, has a new glass atrium, a refurbished stage and seating area, a new bar, workshop, rehearsal studio and toilets.It came close to permanently closing in 2011, before The Holywood Trust stepped in with a £1 million grant.

Dumfries and Galloway Council gave £455,000 and other fundraisers were then able to raise the remaining £550,000 to carry out the works.

Inside the theatre Credit: ITV News Border
The new workshop Credit: ITV News Border

The theatre will officially open on Wednesday 2nd December with "Beauty and the Beast" pantomime.


Flood warnings in place across Dumfries and Galloway

Flood warnings in place across D&G Credit: SEPA

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has released a number of flood warnings for a number of areas across Dumfries and Galloway.

A flood alert is in place for all coastal regions across Dumfries and Galloway, however an upgraded flood warning applies to the following areas:

  • East Luce Bay
  • Inner Wigtown Bay
  • Kirkcudbright Bay
  • Loch Ryan
  • Outer Wigtown Bay

Flood warnings mean that flooding is expected and that immediate action is required.

Advice and information is also available through Floodline on 0345 9881188.

To sign up to the flood alert service, click here.

Dumfries taxi stewards introduced for festive period

A taxi steward will be working at the taxi rank on Loreburn Street Credit: Police Scotland

Taxi Stewards are going to be operating the Loreburn Street taxi rank in Dumfries throughout the festive period, following on from the success of last year's scheme.

Police Scotland say the main purpose of the stewards is to:

  • Patrol the main taxi rank, in Loreburn Street, Dumfries
  • Maintain order
  • Prevent antisocial behaviour
  • Ensure the safety of members of the public and taxi driver

The stewards will be in place throughout the weekends between now and Sunday 3rd January 2016.

Bust of Burns returns to Theatre Royal

The bust of Burns being moved before refurbishment Credit: ITV News Border

The bust of Robert Burns is being returned to the Theatre Royal in Dumfries after it was moved to allow for refurbishment.

The theatre, which is Scotland's oldest working theatre, has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment.

Robert Burns was one of the early patrons of the theatre and his bust was moved to his favourite pub whilst work was carried out.

The theatre re-opens on December 2nd with the pantomime Beauty and the Beast.

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