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£200,000 boost to D&G events

Dizzee Rascal and Scottish favourites del Amitri performed at this year's Wickerman festival Credit: ITV Border

£200,000 will be available to boost festivals in Dumfries and Galloway.

The council have announced that the money will go towards ensuring there is something going on in the region all year round.

Already the area is home to a lot of successful events.

"We've got a number of events and festivals that take place that really put the region on the map, the Wickerman Festival, the Wigtown Book Festival, we had the Lockerbie Jazz Festival recently, there's a huge range of things taking place right across Dumfries and Galloway and I think more and more people are starting to realise the region is a really good place to visit if you want to go to major events and major festivals."

– Colin Smyth Dumfries & Galloway Council

T. Rex in Kendal: a glam rock auction

Paul Fenton and Mark Bolan Credit: Emma Dewhurst, Ten Stories High

Memorabilia from the glam rock band, T. Rex, goes on sale today near Kendal.

Paul Fenton, who lives in Ulverston, was a drummer for the band between 1973 and 1974.

On sale are a number of his items including a signed book of poems by singer Mark Bolan and clothing from the era.


50 new jobs for Gretna Gateway expansion

The retail village draws more than two million shoppers annually Credit: ITV Border

Fifty new jobs are due to be created with the expansion of Gretna's Gateway retail village.

The announcement comes after one of the most successful summers in the outlet's history.

Glasgow's Commonwealth Games saw Gretna Gateway's busiest ever week at the end of July, as tourists and residents flocked to the park.

The retail village currently welcomes more than two million visitors every year.

Thousands of fireworks to brighten Carlisle's sky

Thousands of fireworks will light up this year's display Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle's annual fireworks display is getting closer, and details of this year's event are emerging.

More than 2,000 fireworks will be launched into the sky above Bitts Park, and a replica of Carlisle Castle will be set alight on Saturday 1 November.

The show is expected to draw a crowd of thousands, making it one of the biggest dates on the city's calendar.

Artists travel in style to Book Festival

The Trading Journeys arts event was a part of Wigtown Book Festival Credit: Colin Hattersley

An arts event has celebrated ancient trading routes of the historical port and market place of Wigtown as part of the Book Festival.

The celebration, on the 27th September, saw people travelling to the town by different methods of transport. Horses and carts, boats and cyclists made their way to the event for a parade and surprise performance in the evening.

Events included drumming workshops, spoon crafting and flag making.

"We became very aware that the festival’s organisation involved a lot of travelling to and from different places and how the journeys became part of the art experience.

Trading Journeys is a chance to celebrate Wigtown’s historical importance as a trading hub and pilgrim route. By bringing different people into town using diverse forms of transport, each separate element is fused into one musing.”

– Will Marshall, Stove artist and event curator
The event is part of the celebrations around Wigtown Book Festival and commemorates the royal burgh’s historical importance as a county town and trade route. Credit: Colin Hattersley
Artist Alice Francis with the 'standard' and horse-drawn cart, the centre pieces of the Credit: Colin Hattersley


Lockerbie Reverend praises Jazz festival

"Music does something special to our souls" Credit: ITV

"I think music does something special to our souls. It brings out something special in people and unites us in a unique way. The people of Lockerbie have enjoyed hosting the festival once again, and this morning's service has put a spring in everyone's step. We can't wait to have all the performers back again next year."

– Revd Sandy Stoddart, Dryfesdale Parish Church

Glasgow Gospel Choir perform at Jazz Festival

Glasgow Gospel Choir have been performing at the Dryfesdale Parish Church Credit: ITV

The Glasgow Gospel Choir have been performing at the Dryfesdale Parish Church in Lockerbie, as part of the town' annual Jazz Festival.

The event is now in it's ninth year and attracts acts from up and down the country who perform at a number of venues in Lockerbie, Moffat and Annan.

This year has focused on the youth jazz groups, and organisers have been trying to encourage more young musicians to get involved with music.

The book festival that revived Wigtown

The Wigtown Book Festival is one of our region's great success stories, having boosted the area's local economy after a slump in the 1990s.

Now in its sixteenth year, the festival goes from strength to strength, as Gill Brown found out.

You can see more of Gill Brown's report on the Wigtown Book Festival in next week's Border Life. Viewers with Freeview can see it on ITV Border Scotland at 20:00 on Monday evening.

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