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Lockerbie woman who starred as an Ewok in 1983's Return of the Jedi eagerly awaits new Star Wars film

Pam Betts (left) and Mark Hamill Credit: ITV Border

There's been a lot of hype about the new StarWars film, and one lady from Lockerbie is particularly excited.

Pam Betts played the part of an Ewok in 1983 film Return of the Jedi.

She says she has fond memories of working alongside actors like Mark Hamill and a young Warwick Davis:

He was lovely, i think he was about 14 at the time. and everybody loved him because he not only played the part of an Ewok but he was also sometimes in R2D2.

– Pam Betts

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Theatre Royal ready for panto season

A major milestone has been reached in the history of Scotland's oldest working theatre.

The Theatre Royal, in Dumfries, will re-open its doors on Wednesday following a £2 million refurbishment.

This afternoon, the bust of Robert Burns was returned to its rightful place, before the first performance. Lori Carnochan reports:

Return of Burns marks major milestone at Theatre Royal

The bust of Burns has been returned to the Theatre Royal Credit: ITV News Border

A major milestone was reached today when the bust of Robert Burns was returned to the Theatre Royal in Dumfries.

It was removed almost two years ago to allow for a £2 million overhaul and expansion of Scotland's oldest working theatre.

"We took Rabbie out because we didn't think he'd be safe when all the work was happening so he went to the Globe, Burns' favourite pub.

"Over the years we noticed he had sustained a little bit of damage shall we say so we decided that since we're going to have a nice new theatre, Rabbie should get a bit of a facelift too. Now that we're just about open for panto we felt he needed to be back."

– Anne Aldridge, Master of the Guild of Players
The refurbished Theatre Royal Credit: ITV News Border

The theatre, which was built in 1792, has a new glass atrium, a refurbished stage and seating area, a new bar, workshop, rehearsal studio and toilets.It came close to permanently closing in 2011, before The Holywood Trust stepped in with a £1 million grant.

Dumfries and Galloway Council gave £455,000 and other fundraisers were then able to raise the remaining £550,000 to carry out the works.

Inside the theatre Credit: ITV News Border
The new workshop Credit: ITV News Border

The theatre will officially open on Wednesday 2nd December with "Beauty and the Beast" pantomime.

Bust of Burns returns to Theatre Royal

The bust of Burns being moved before refurbishment Credit: ITV News Border

The bust of Robert Burns is being returned to the Theatre Royal in Dumfries after it was moved to allow for refurbishment.

The theatre, which is Scotland's oldest working theatre, has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment.

Robert Burns was one of the early patrons of the theatre and his bust was moved to his favourite pub whilst work was carried out.

The theatre re-opens on December 2nd with the pantomime Beauty and the Beast.

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