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Princess Anne 'astonished at how little is known about Quintinshill'

Princess Anne a display marking the Quintinshill disaster Credit: ITV Border

Princess Anne is at Stormont Village Hall in Gretna Green for a special poetry reading to mark the centenary of Britain's worst train crash.

Her Royal Highness spoke to locals and viewed a display highlighting the disaster at Quintinshill.

She told one local man she was shocked at how little is known about the 1915 crash, which killed more than 200 people.

I'm really astonished at how little is known about Quintinshill. This display is fantastic"

– HRH Princess Anne
The Princess Royal at Gretna Old Parish Church, Gretna Green Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire


Border region New Year Honours

People throughout Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders were recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Here's the full list from our region.


  • Dr William Lawler. Forensic Pathologist. For services to the Police and Criminal Justice System. (Penrith, Cumbria)
  • Neil Dennis Baldwin. For services to the Nuclear Industry particularly Civil Nuclear Engineering and Decommissioning. (St Bees, Cumbria)
  • Ms Janice Davinson. Formerly Organiser, Cumbria Federation of Young Farmers Clubs. For services to Farming and Rural Communities in Cumbria. (Penrith, Cumbria)
  • Mrs Karen-Marie Horn. Higher Executive Officer, Ministry of Defence. For services to the Armed Forces and Service Families. (Arlecdon, Cumbria)
  • Anthony Bawden Robinson. For services to Mountain Rescue and to the community in Coniston Cumbria.
  • Mrs Patricia Anne Burns. Staff Governor, Appleby Grammar School, Cumbria. For services to Education. (Appleby in Westmorland, Cumbria)
  • Keith Granville Buckler. For services to the New English Orchestra and to Charity through Rotary in Grange-over-Sands Cumbria. (Ulverston, Cumbria)
  • Ian Clinton. Lately Principal, Blackburn College. For services to Further Education. (Kendal, Cumbria)
  • Ms Margrit Wendy Scott. President, Association for the Professional Development of Early Years Educators. For services to Education (Keswick, Cumbria)
  • Professor Elizabeth Margaret Beaty. Emeritus Professor and lately Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Cumbria. For services to Higher Education (Penrith, Cumbria)
  • Arthur Capstick. For services to Education and to the community in Staveley and Kendal, Cumbria. (Kendal, Cumbria)
  • John Thomas Graham. For services to the Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team, Cumbria. (Ambleside, Cumbria)
  • Ms Tiffany Hunt. For services to Heritage in North West England (Cumbria)


  • Mrs Alison Graham Hall. Chair, Dumfries and Galloway Branch, Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity. For services to charity in Dumfries and Galloway. (Nithbank, Dumfries)
  • Mrs Catherine Ann Mitchell. Cleaner, Annan Police Station. For services to Dumfries and Galloway Division, Police Scotland. (Annan, Dumfries)
  • David Smith. For services to the Heritage of Robert Burns. (Cargenbridge, Dumfries)

Scottish Borders:

  • Mrs Judith Mary Smith. Macmillan Nurse Consultant, Cancer and Palliative Care, Borders General Hospital. For services to Oncology in the Scottish Borders. (Galashiels, Roxburgh, Ettrick and Laude)
  • Henry Scott Douglas. For services to the community in Bonchester, Scottish Borders. (Hawick, Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderd)
  • Donald Swanson. For services to rugby in Peebles. (Peebles, Tweedale)
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Magna Carta Tapestry exhibition opens in Kendal

The Magna Carta will be 800-years old next year. Credit: Kendal Quaker Tapestry Museum

Tapestries that have been made to commemorate the 800th anniversary of signing of the Magna Carta have been put on display in Kendal.

The 12 tapestries have been sewn by Royal embroiderer Rhoda Nevins and 8 of them are on display in Kendal's Quaker Tapestry Museum from 1 November to 29th November.

The Magna Carta was signed on 15th June 2015 by King John, limiting the powers of kings and queens to protect the people's liberties. It is one of the most important documents in Britain and the Commonwealth.

The rest of the tapestries will be finished by May in preparation for celebrations with the Queen in June.

"It is lovely to have eight of the twelve tapestries here as well as Rhoda Nevins to talk about them at the launch event. The 'tapestries' as we call them are actually embroidered panels made in a similar style to the museum's own 77 Quaker Tapestry panels. The panels produced by Rhoda and her team are beautifully done and this exhibition presents a rare opportunity for people in the North of England to see them at a local venue."

– Bridget Guest, Museum Manager
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Queen hopes Scots 'think very carefully' about vote

The Queen pictured speaking to crowds at Crathie Church, Aberdeenshire today. Credit: Donald Stewart

The Queen has urged Scottish voters to "think very carefully" before casting their ballots in Thursday's referendum.

She was heard making the off-camera remarks to members of the public during a visit to Crathie Church in Aberdeenshire.

The Telegraph newspaper said it understood the monarch had told the small crowd:

You have an important vote on Thursday.

I hope everybody thinks very carefully about the referendum this week.

– The Queen

It is thought to be her first public comment on the issue of Scottish independence.

Salmond: Queen 'will be proud' to be monarch of an independent Scotland

Alex Salmond has applauded the Queen's neutrality in the independence debate Credit: Michael Schofield/The Sun/PA Wire

The Queen "will be proud" to be the monarch of an independent Scotland, according to Alex Salmond.

Scotland's First Minister also said he had an audience at Balmoral "but the proper position is you don't discuss these matters in public".

"I want the Queen as head of state, as Queen of Scots of an independent Scotland as her ancestors were.

I think Her Majesty the Queen, who has seen so many events in the course of her long reign, will be proud to be Queen of Scots, and indeed we would be proud to have her as monarch of this land...

And I think the statement from the Palace about the Queen's neutrality in this matter is a perfectly satisfactory and perfectly sensible one."


Sources had claimed yesterday that the Queen was uncertain about a 'Yes' outcome as there was no guarantee in place that she would be the Queen of Scotland. However, Palace aides have stressed that the Queen is neutral on the issue as with all political debates.

Read: Queen's 'fears over being the last Queen of Scotland'.

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