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Queen of the South take over sports centre

Credit: Queen of the South Football Club

Queen of the South Football Club has today announced that they have taken over the running of the King George V Centre in Dumfries.

The Astroturf and Fitness complex will use the same online booking system as the Queen of the South Arena, which will be up and running next week.

The Club hopes to develop the venue for their own good, as well as for the benefit of the community.

"Nothing will change for the next few months, but the building of the Queen of the South Arena has been great for Dumfries.

This is another venture for the club in their home town and with the help of the community we hope to make it a great success."

– Billy Hewitson, Queens Chairman

Ice Hockey World Championship brings at least £150,000 to Dumfries and Galloway

Great Britain took on Kazakhstan on Sunday Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

Dumfries and Galloway Council has said it is "thrilled" with the feedback it has received following the Women’s World Championship Ice Hockey at Dumfries Ice Bowl.

It is claiming the tournament, which ended on Sunday, created a minimum economic impact of more than £150,000 to the region.

And despite losing their final game of the tournament to top seeds Kazakstan, Team GB can celebrate after winning all four of their previous matches. The General Secretary of Ice Hockey UK described their performance as "a real highlight" of the competition.


Dumfries racing driver kicks-off GT3 championship

Dumfries racing driver Ross Wylie Credit: ITV News Border

Dumfriesshire racing driver Ross Wylie is aiming to impress on his season opener at Oulton Park this afternoon.

The 23-year-old, from Thornhill, won the GT4 championship in last year, and is now moving up to the GT3 series.

He's also been chosen for the prestigious McLaren GT Young Driver programme and will be racing alongside Andrew Watson from Northern Ireland.

The pair will be racing a McLaren 650S GT3 around two, one-hour races at the Cheshire track.

To find out what else Ross has planned for the season, click here. .

Sevens tickets selling fast

Every year the Melrose Sevens tournament attracts thousands of people into the sleepy Border's town.

Ticket sales can often vary, depending on the weather. However, this year has already seen a huge demand for tickets to the games and the after-party.

"This year we've already seen an excellent response to ticket sales.

"Our stands are sold out, however ground tickets will be available at the gate if somebody just rocks up and appears, we're more than happy to sell them a ticket at the gate."

– Douglas Hardie, Melrose Rugby Club

Melrose Sevens week underway

Preparations are well underway at The Greenyards Credit: ITV News Border

The official countdown has began for the 2015 Melrose Sevens tournament.

This year will see the 125th playing of the sevens, with guest teams coming from South Africa and Germany.

It's the oldest sevens tournament in the world, and attracts crowds of up to 15,000 every year.

The tournament was the brainchild of Melrose butcher Ned Haig, who held the first ever sevens in 1883. The seven-a-side game is now considered the fastest growing team sport in the world and will be included in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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