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Annan Pipe Band declared Champion of Champions

The band also won the Best Drum Corps Prize Credit: Royal Burgh of Annan Pipe Band

The Royal Burgh of Annan Pipe Band have been declared Champion of Champions 2017 in Grade 3B. The band took part in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow Green on Saturday 12 August.

The band also won the Best Drum Corps Prize. This follows coming first place in the 2017 British and Scottish Championships in May and July.

Melrose Hogmanay fireworks come to an end

The Hogmanay fireworks display took place every 31 December Credit: PA

Melrose and District Community Council has announced the end of its popular annual Hogmanay fireworks display.

The decision was made because of a number of challenges, including difficulties to gain volunteer support. The event has attracted around 4,000 people to the town each Auld Year’s Night.

Having started as a one-off celebration in 2000 to mark the new Millennium, the fireworks display had grown in popularity with people from across the Borders travelling to Melrose every 31 December.

The World Gold Panning Championships is taking place in Moffat

The World Goldpanning Championships take place in Moffat this week Credit: ITV Border

Thousands of prospectors from across the globe are arriving in Dumfries and Galloway to hunt for gold.

The World Goldpanning Championships take place in Moffat this week, as competitors attempt to find flakes of gold in sand and gravel:

This year's championships is the 41st to take place, and was last hosted in the UK in 1992.

Credit: ITV Border
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