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Peebles textile mill faces closure

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A Borders textile mile which has a 350 year history faces closure unless a buyer is found, with the potential loss of nearly 90 jobs.

Staff members at the March Street Mill in Peebles have been informed of a possible closure by owner's Moorbrook Textiles.

The owner's say they are seeking to identify potential buyers, but so far have been unsuccessful.

The 87 employees that work in the mill have been informed of a possible closure, and the start of a 30-day consultation process.

Some staff may be offered the opportunity to relocate to Ayr.

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Scottish Borders are 'Closer Than You Think'

A new £2 million marketing campaign is being launched to draw more English visitors to the Scottish Borders.

The Closer Than You Think campaign is being run by VisitScotland, and it's part of their wider Brilliant Moments scheme.

The organisation says English tourists are valuable to the economy in the Borders, and that in 2013:

245,000
English visitors to Scottish Borders
£53m
Spent by English visitors

Many people south of the border may still think that getting to Scotland is a real mission in terms of distance and transport, but with exceptional new and direct rail and air connections it can actually be quicker to get to Glasgow for example than to make the daily journey to work for some commuters.

Highlighting that makes people realise that the fantastic range of things to see and do which regions like The Scottish Borders offer is actually very much within their reach.

We want to encourage the rest of the UK to come and visit their neighbours in Scotland and discover not only how easy it is to get here, but also how deliciously brilliant it is once they’ve arrived, with world-class attractions, landscapes, heritage, food and drink and culture."

– Charlie Smith, Director of Marketing at VisitScotland

Anti nuclear protest

Anti nuclear campaigners are to hold a protest this lunchtime on the opening day of 10 weeks of consultation over plans for a new power station in Cumbria.

Members of Radiation Free Lakeland (RFL) will gather outside Whitehaven Civic Hall where the plans for the project at Moorside near Sellafield, are on display.

NuGen, the company behind the scheme, says it's very keen to hear the public's views and is encouraging people to have their say.

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