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Curling championships draw to a close

The world mixed doubles and senior curling championships have ended on a high, with the Scottish ladies team winning gold.

They had a close battle with Canada in the final but the score finished 6-5 for the home nation.

The Scottish women's team had a close final Credit: ITV Border

More than 300 competitors from 34 countries have taken part in the world championships, which have been held at the town's ice-bowl.

The event has been hailed a huge success by the local council.

""There's been a really good atmosphere inside the venue itself but also across the town and events like this really put Dumfries and Galloway on the map. Thirty four nations from across the world visiting Dumfries, a lot of people here from the first time ever and what we want to see is getting the message across that this is a fantastic place to visit and hopefully come of those people will come back in the future."

– Councillor Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council
The curling has been enjoyed by all ages Credit: ITV Border

Around 15,000 spectators have turned out to see the action over the past seven days. Among the crowd today was Olympic silver medalist David Murdoch.

Olympic medalist supported his home team Credit: ITV Border

The Lockerbie curler made the trip down from Stirling to catch up with the action and cheer on the home teams:

"I thought I would come down the road and see the whole event, it's fantastic to have such a prestigious event- we've world mixed doubles we've got the world seniors, to get both of those in Scotland and down here in Dumfries is just fantastic really. I think it's been a roaring success and that's fantastic really hopefully we can get a few more events in Dumfries and Galloway and that's what we want to see, we want to see curling growing as big as we can."

– David Murdoch, Olympic Silver Medalist

The competitors and spectators have brought a welcomed boost to the town's economy with hotels and restaurants running at full capacity.

"The hotel itself has benefitted from just over 750 room nights but there are lots of competitors in other hotels in the town plus the family and friends who've come to support the event. And so we really have been able to showcase the region as well as Dumfries as being able to host a world championship event like this."

– Suzanne Jackson, Sales Manager, Cairndale Hotel

It's thought that the event will have generated millions of pounds and organisers hope that other major sporting events will now consider Dumfries as a worthy venue.

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