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Controversial 'Great Tapestry of Scotland' plans approved

The Great Tapestry of Scotland will be permanently housed in the Scottish Borders Credit: ITV Border

Plans for a controversial six million pound scheme to permanently house the Great Tapestry of Scotland in the Scottish Borders have been approved.

Scottish Borders Council granted planning permission today for a two-storey building for the tapestry at Tweedbank.

The authority is contributing three and a half million pounds to the project which councillors say will boost tourism.

Last week a petition signed by thousands, urging the council to drop its financial support, was rejected.


Pride of Britain finalist: 'I'm just a wee guy from Dumfries'

Michael Pattie, the fundraiser from Dumfries who was ITV Border's Pride of Britain winner, has been speaking about the night of the awards ceremony.

He rubbed shoulders with celebrities like Cheryl Fernandez-Versini at the event, which celebrates Britain's most selfless fundraisers:

I've always said I'm just a wee guy from a little town in south west Scotland.

To be down in London in the big city at a huge event was very surreal but incredibly enjoyable, and we had a great time."

– Michael Pattie

Michael Pattie has raised more than £300,000 for meningitis research charities.

Campaigner criticises 'closed minds' at Council

The tapestry. Credit: Alex Hewitt.

The campaigner who set up a petition against Scottish Borders Council's decision to house a tapestry in Tweedbank, has criticised the council for rejecting the petition.

Brian McCrow's petition was signed by more than 4,000 people, and debated by councillors today.

The main concerns were the amount of money the council is investing in the project - £3.5m - and the decision to locate the Great Tapestry of Scotland at Tweedbank, rather than a town with a more textiles-based history.

It's not unexpected. I thought there would be some closed minds in the council and there were."

– Brian McCrow, main petitioner

But the council leader says their decision to reject the petition was the right one:

I think it was the right decision. Elected members carefully considered the petition and we had a very good debate about the evidence."

– David Parker, leader Scottish Borders Council

Tapestry petition rejected by council

The tapestry. Credit: Alex Hewitt.

A petition against plans to permanently house the Great Tapestry of Scotland in Tweedbank has been rejected by Scottish Borders Council.

The complaints were discussed at a meeting of councillors today.

Amongst them were concerns that the plan is too costly - the council has agreed to put around £3.5m into the construction of a purpose-built centre for the tapestry.

The concerns could have gone before a full council meeting, but that will not now happen.


Rock and roll legend Robert Plant to play Egremont gig

Robert Plant Credit: Vaclav Salek/Czech News Agency/Press Association Images

Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is to play a charity gig in Egremont this October.

He'll perform at the Charlie and Kathleen Dunnery Children's Fund (CKDCF) annual benefit concert, in the town's Market Hall on Saturday October 24.

Also playing are Francis Dunnery, the local musician who set up the charity in honour of his parents, and Big Big Train, Peter Jones, Dorie Jackson, John and Wayne, John Mitchell, Andrea and Bennedetta, John Gilmour Smith and John Bentley.

All proceeds go directly to the charity, which raises money for children's health, wellness and educational needs.

The tickets, which cost £25, have already sold out.

Rock and roll legend Plant launched a successful solo career following drummer John Bonham's death, and the band's break-up, in 1980.

Dumfries fundraiser 'honoured' to attend Pride of Britain Awards

The Pride of Britain Awards. Credit: ITV Border

A Dumfries fundraiser says he was honoured to have attended the 2015 Pride of Britain Awards.

The ITV Border region's winner, Michael Pattie, was nominated for raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for the Meningitis Research Foundation.

The full awards programme will be shown on ITV at 8pm this evening.

Council's Great Tapestry of Scotland plan could be scrapped

The Great Tapestry of Scotland. Credit: ITV Border

A decision by Scottish Borders Council to contribute around £3.5 million towards the construction of an arts centre to house the Great Tapestry of Scotland, is being scrutinised at a meeting today.

Four thousand people have signed a petition against the idea, saying it's "unacceptable'" when services are being cut.

There has also been criticism of the decision to build the centre in Tweedbank.

The council says people will use the new Borders Railway, which stops in the town, to come and see it.

But protestors say it should be built in a town with more of a textiles-based history.

At a meeting today councillors will consider the petition's findings, and if they accept them there will be a full council meeting to consider how to proceed.

Rod Stewart concert confirmed for Carlisle

Rod Stewart is to perform in Carlisle. Credit: PA

Rod Stewart's UK tour is heading to Carlisle next year.

The legendary musician will play at Carlisle United's Brunton Park stadium on 21 June 2016.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday 30 September.

We are delighted to be welcoming Rod Stewart to Carlisle United. This is fantastic news for the football club and the whole of Carlisle and surrounding area.

Rod takes a superb following wherever he goes - we have no doubt this is going to be a fantastic event and look forward to welcoming thousands of music fans to Brunton Park on the night."

– Carlisle United's Sales and Marketing Director Phil King
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