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Dumfries hosts Big Draw Festival

Children with their drawings from the 2015 event Credit: Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust

Children of all ages are being encouraged to take part in the Big Draw Festival which takes place in Dumfries today.

It's the third time the event is being held at Moat Brae House, where J.M Barrie drew inspiration from to pen his famous novel 'Peter Pan'.

The festival features a number of creative activities led by artist and young entrepreneur Rachael Speedie.

The theme for this year is Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

We hope lots of people will drop in to Moat Brae for this event where science and space meet stories and sketches. We’ll provide the glitter, glue, pens and paper, and ask you to use your imagination to add your own creations to our giant mobile in the starlight dome.

"We are hoping for some surprises as well as the usual planets, planes, birds, butterflies, kites, balloons, helicopters, rainbows, fairies, Peter Pans, rockets, space stations, galaxies and black-holes…”

– Rachael Speedie, Big Draw Festival

Entry to the event is free and it runs from 11am until 3pm.

The 2015 event proved popular with the youngsters Credit: Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust

Melrose Abbey in Top 10 Scottish man-made wonders

Melrose Abbey listed among the best man-made buildings in Scotland Credit: PA

Melrose Abbey has been named in the top 10 of Scotland's best man-made wonders.

A survey conducted by Visit Scotland put the 12th century building on the same list at the Forth Bridge, Edinburgh Castle and the Kelpies.

The Abbey is the final resting place of the heart of the medieval King Robert the Bruce.


Carlisle attempt pom-pom world record

Knitted pom poms. Credit: Eden Valley Hospice

Thousands of woollen pom poms and one world record!

Tonight, as part of Eden Valley Hospice’s 25th Anniversary this year, an attempt will be made to break a world record.

Staff and volunteers will collect thousands of woollen pom poms to try and break the current world record at the Lanes Shopping Centre in Carlisle.

world record for longest line of pom poms.

All year, the hospice has been encouraging people to make a pom pom and send it to them.

Calvin Harris returns to Dumfries as Best Man

Charli Wood and Ellie Cowan grab a quick picture with Harris Credit: Gina Wood

The world's highest earning DJ Calvin Harris has returned to his hometown of Dumfries for his duties as best man at his best friend's wedding.

Calvin Harris, real name Adam Wiles, arrived in Dumfries on Saturday morning before attending Mark Irving and Ellie Richmond's wedding.

The 32-year-old superstar was dressed in traditional red tartan clothes for the ceremony.

He was performing at his multi-million pound residency in Las Vegas just a few days ago, before flying back to the UK.

Harris and Irving have been best friends since the age of 16 and Harris treated the groom to a stag do to remember, by putting on a huge party for 40 guests at this year's T in The Park Festival.

Before the wedding on Saturday, locals managed to catch a quick glimpse of Harris before he took to his duties as part of the wedding party.

It's reported that Harris is staying in Dumfries for a second reception, rumoured to be taking place at one of the town's nightclubs on Sunday evening.


Beauty of the Lake District hits the big screen

Swallows & Amazons Credit: PA

The beauty of the Lake District hits the big screen today with the nationwide release of the new Swallows and Amazons adaptation.

Much of the filming took place around Derwentwater and Coniston.

It's based on Arthur Ransome's novel, first published in 1930, which tells the story of two families and their adventures in the Lake District.

The movie had its world premiere in Keswick last month.

Sanquhar is alive to the sound of hooves!

Sanquhar Riding of the Marches. Credit: ITV News
The riders march through the town. Credit: ITV News.

A Dumfriesshire town came alive today to the sounds of hooves and cheers.

The annual Riding of the Marches in Sanquhar marks the end of the ride out season in Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

The Marches or boundaries of Sanquhar have been ridden since the town was created a Royal Burgh.

Each year in August horsemen and horsewomen Ride the Marches to ensure that the landmarks, cairns and other features have not been removed or tampered with.

Today the population of the small town doubled as thousands of people joined in the tradition.

Thousands cheer on the riders. Credit: ITV News
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