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The People's Millions: Who got the most votes on Wednesday?

It's the final day of our very popular Peoples Millions!

It's the time of year when ITV Border joins forces with the BIG Lottery Fund to offer up to £50,000 to projects which improve the lives of people in their neighbourhoods.

All this week, we've been featuring two projects going head to head in appealing for your votes and funding from money raised by the National Lottery for good causes. There'll also be a bonus award for the runner-up with the highest number of votes.

Well, last night we featured the last two groups - both from the Scottish Borders. They were:

Nomad Beat in Peebles is a music group and it's into Breaking Sound Barriers. It wants to be able to allow more people to play music - regardless of age or disability. It says music is therapeutic. It helps concentration and co-ordination and is great for team-building.

Meanwhile in Duns, a Heart for Duns wants to create a community theatre and cinema in the old volunteer hall. To put on a proper show, they need a proper stage - and some decent lighting equipment. It's a project they say that would further bring the town together.

So who got the most votes between the two? Fiona Armstrong's been following the Peoples Millions vote all week:

Care home gets prestigious award

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Three care homes in our region have been shortlisted for eight awards in a host of prestigious care ceremonies.

Across Dumfries and Galloway key work is being done to help older people have been given recognition at numerous national events.

Our reporter Fiona McIlwraith has been to Carlingwark Care Home in Castle Douglas, run by Community Integrated Care, to find out why they've won the Best Dementia Continence Care Award at the National Dementia Awards for the second year running.



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East Coast: the facts and figures

East Coast train Credit: East Coast

Here are some key facts and figures about East Coast main line rail company.

It has been announced that a consortium involving Virgin Trains and Stagecoach will run the East Coast main line franchise from next year.

  • Passenger journeys have increased by 1.1m in the past five years.
  • Journeys between Scotland and London have increased by 23%.
  • Customer satisfaction has increased from 89% in 2009 to 91% in 2014.
  • Revenue has increased from £581.3m in 2008-2009 to £652.6m to 2013-14.
  • East Coast invested £48m since 2009.
  • The taxpayer has received £1 billion back in premium payments and profits.
  • In partnership with Network Rail, redeveloped Newcastle station through an £8.6 million investment
  • East Coast - based in York - employs 2,800 people based at stations, depots and offices from London to Inverness.
  • East Coast’s Highland Chieftain service is Britain’s longest single continuous train journey operating daily between London and Inverness, a distance of 581 miles, and taking 8 hours and 6 minutes.
  • Since the spring of 2011, East Coast has been recognised by numerous industry organisations, and the Company has been the recipient of 55 such awards
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