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Leading event organisers set to sample region's venues

Leading event organisers from around the UK will pay a 'flying' visit to Dumfries and Galloway next week to sample the superb range of venues and facilities on offer in the region.

As part of a special familiarisation organised by VisitScotland and Conference Dumfries to get to grips with one of Europe's longest zip wires, courtesy of Laggan Outdoor.

A number of Dumfries and Galloway businesses are offering tasters as part of the two-day trip, which takes place on 5th and 6th March and it's hoped it will bring extra business to the region.

Day one will see the group visit Easterbrook Hall, followed by a tour of The Crichton Church. They will also visit Laggan Outdoor in Castle Douglas, where they will take to the air on the UK’s Longest Zip Wire.

Europe’s longest Zip wires. Spanning 820 metres Credit: Laggan Outdoor

"Dumfries and Galloway has a huge amount to offer, not only in terms of its accommodation and business facilities, but also in terms of its scenery and its range of activities, which are key ingredients in attracting conferences and other business events to the region. Fam trips such as this are incredibly important as it gives leading event organisers the opportunity to see at first-hand exactly what the region has to offer."

– Caroline Lyons of VisitScotland's Business Tourism team

"Conference Dumfries' aim is to market Dumfries as a central point, geographically, and this is our opportunity to showcase Dumfries as a viable alternative to the Central Belt and the north of England's towns and cities.

"By creating a single point of contact for conference, meeting or training bookers, this allows us to compete on a national level with other destinations. We are all very excited and looking forward to welcoming our guests next week."

– Suzanne Jackson, Chair of Conference Dumfries


Moat Brae hosts World Book Day for Dumfries children

Moat Brae Credit: ITV Border News

Children from a Dumfries Primary school are visiting what will soon become Scotland's National Centre for Children's Literature and Storytelling.

Moat Brae house secured a grant of £300,000 earlier this week to finish its redevelopment.

The building, which inspired JM Barrie to write Peter Pan, is hosting today's event to celebrate world book day.

#Team999 campaign launches in Carlisle

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A campaign will be launched in Carlisle to help people understand more about what happens when they call 999.

The North West Ambulance Service's hashtag Team999 campaign is focusing on how the emergency services have developed to meet the needs of patients in rural communities.

Since 2006 emergency 999 calls in Cumbria have increased by 10%.


Campaign to protect Stickle Tarn goes to Parliament

Stickle Tarn Credit: ITV Border News

The plight of Stickle Tarn in the Lake District will be heard in Parliament.

Westmoreland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has tabled a parliamentary motion. He wants to stop the Lake District National Park Authority from selling the tarn.

“There is still time for the National Park to drop this plan to sell Stickle Tarn. No matter the assurances they secure or offer – for me it’s the principle of the matter. When I voted against the government on the selloff of our forests, it was because I believedthat we should not sell the family silver. The same principle applies to Stickle Tarn.

“I will keep making the case that it should not be sold off, but I am also working with local community groups and campaigners to try and put together an 11th hour bid to keep the tarn where it belongs, in the people’s hands.”

– MP Tim Farron

First class stamp for Cumbrian bridges

Royal Mail first and second class stamps Credit: PA

Two of Cumbria's most dramatic bridges are being celebrated in a new set of stamps launched by Royal Mail.

Row Bridge in the Lake District and the Royal Border Bridge over the River Tweed are part of the Royal Mail celebrating British engineering in a special collection.

Ten bridges feature in the total edition of first-class stamps, while a special postmark will be issued today.

"The story of Britain's engineering genius can be found in its bridges. These new stamps celebrate 10 beautiful and ground-breaking landmarks that span centuries of our history."

– Andrew Hammond, head of stamps and collectibles at Royal Mail
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