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Cathedral celebrates migrant contribution to UK

Carlisle Cathedral. Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle Cathedral has hosted an event to celebrate the contribution of migrants to UK.

The Cathedral is one of a number of venues across the country to sign up to the 'One Day Without Us' national day of action.

People were invited to tie multi-coloured ribbons to the main gates.

Organisers were keen to point out the positive role migrants play in all walks of life.

26 percent of NHS doctors are technically migrants.

So this day is all about saying if all the migrants were actually to say we've had enough and are going back, as some people want us to do, the whole health service would collapse.

– The Rev Canon Michael Manley, Carlisle Cathedral

Sod-cutting for new Dumfries Church

The new Church will be on Gillbrae Road Credit: Dumfries Baptist Church

A sod-cutting ceremony has taken place for the new Dumfries Baptist Church on Gillbrae Road.

A crowd turned out to see the first cut in the soil for the £4.5 million complex which is expected to be completed by Easter next year.

The Church congregation have raised three-quarters of the total amount required to pay for the project.

Building is expected to get underway next week.

It's been fantastic to see the response of the Church family, to see the way people have given sacrificially to this project.

– Rev. Alistair Purss

Peebles parade marks 300th birthday of one of the town's oldest organisations

Hundreds have marched through Peebles as part of celebrations marking the 300th birthday of Peebles Masonic Lodge

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The Masonic lodge in Peebles is celebrating it's 300th birthday.

Opened in 1716, the local Borders chapter will celebrating with a series of events, including the parade down the high street on Saturday. Members from lodges from across Scotland are attending.

Very proud indeed. It's quite an achievement for any organisation in any town to survive for 300 years.

– Kenny Howitt, Past Master Peebles Lodge

Historic Rose Castle bought by charity

Rose Castle faced an uncertain future. Credit: ITV Border

An historic Grade 1-listed building, which was home to the Bishops of Carlisle for 800 years, is to re-open as an international centre for peace and reconciliation.

Rose Castle near Dalston, which has been empty since 2009, has been bought by The Rose Castle Foundation, which is a charitable organisation.

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