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Hundreds turn up for Appleby Show

Appleby Show is taking place at Barley Field near Appleby Golf Club Credit: ITV Border

The sun has brought the crowds to Appleby Show.

The ground is just out of the area that the Government's Annal and Plant agency has identified as being affected by bovine TB, so there are no dairy entries as farmers seek to minimise their farm's risk of catching the disease.

It hasn't stopped hundreds of people coming out to enjoy the judging, running, wrestling and country atmosphere though.

Coldstream Civic Week begins

Coldstream Civic Week Credit: Coldstream Civic Week

Today marks the start of Coldstream Civic Week, with sashing ceremonies taking place.

It's all leading up to Flodden Day on Thursday, when more than 300 riders will gallop through the town.

There are four ride-outs in total, with around 50-100 horses expected to join the shorter routes to Norham on Monday, Birgham on Wednesday and Leitholm on Friday.

In 2014, there were 460 riders on Flodden Day to mark the 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden.

It was inaugurated in 1952 and begins on a Sunday with the introduction of the Coldstreamer, the principal figure in the celebrations, and the bussing of the Burgh Flag.


The Dumfries Show draws thousands

The Dumfries Show, Scotland's biggest one day agricultural show, is taking place at Park Farm today.

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The event has been running for 55 years and attracts exhibitors from across the UK.

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Entertainment for this year will include James Dylan’s Stuntworld Motorcycle Stunt Show, vintage machinery, Daffy Dill and Douglas the Clown, Dumfries Pipe Band, Disfunctional, a dog scurry, the Young Farmers Tug O’ War and a display by the foxhounds.

This year the show is hosting the Scottish Limousin Club Grand Prix and Anglo-Irish Final

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Wigtown agricultural show gets underway in Dumfries and Galloway

Wigtown Agricultural Show Credit: ITV Border

One of the biggest agricultural shows in Dumfries and Galloway starts today.

Wigtown Show showcases the best in the region's rural industries and gets members of the farming community together at Bladnoch Park.

It's been running for more than 200 years, featuring over 1000 entries, from livestock and poultry, to fleece and even scarecrows.

WATCH: Border Union Show returns to Kelso

One of the biggest events in the agricultural calendar has been taking place - the Border Union Show.

There were more than 200 trade stands at this year's event, with competitions for horses, ponies, cattle, sheep, donkeys, goats, poultry, and even rabbits.

This was the show's 204th year, and the final year for Ron Wilson, who has been organising it for the past 20 years.

Battle lines drawn over zip wire plans

Thirlmere: site for a zip wire? Credit: PA

Battle lines are being drawn over plans to create an “activity hub” at Thirlmere that would include two zip wires across the lake.

Cumbrian firm Treetop Trek has begun local consultation to discuss and review a potential scheme, dubbed the Thirlmere Activity Hub, which it has billed as a "world class family attraction".

Cumbrian firm Treetop Trek has unveiled its vision to create a new "activity hub" in nearby fore

But the move comes just weeks after the Lake District was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status, adding to the scrutiny such schemes will face;.

Laura Fiske, from Friends of the Lake District, said the group supported the cycleway development, but could not support the zip wire.

“The siting of the two zip wires across Thirlmere we consider to be wholly inappropriate in this location.”

Mountaineer Chris Bonington has also urged caution over the plans.

“United Utilities has been very careful in the way they have reforested the area so it feels wholly natural,

“So I would urge caution. We definitely don’t want to turn the Lake District into a theme park.”

Treetop Trek managing director Mike Turner said: “We have been very carefully considering locations within the Lake District for the last three to four years and are confident that Thirlmere would provide the perfect site for an exceptional family activity hub.

“We are now looking forward to consulting with local bodies and the local community on the viability of our proposal.”

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