Join Fiona Armstrong in the latest episode of ITV Border's programme about Border Life.
On the eve of the Grand National, Border Life catches up with last year's surprise winner, Galashiels-based jockey Ryan Mania to see his preparations for this year's big race. Plus we join the crew of the Eyemouth lifeboat as they prepare for one of the busiest times of year.
Fiona Armstrong is in Hawick as the town prepares for its annual Border Reivers Festival. She meets descendants of notorious freebooters and talks to organisers of this year's event. Emma Baker joins a Reiver reenactment group who go to great lengths to make their displays as realistic as possible.
Fiona Armstrong looks at the debate on how to control dangerous dogs as the public is consulted on whether compulsory licensing and muzzling all dogs in public are viable options. Gill Brown reports on the Borders foundry turning old bits of engineering into magnificent statues.
This week we report on how a community has rallied together to help people struggling with fuel bills. Plus, how the Olympics has boosted the popularity of curling, and why Scotland’s juniper bushes are in danger of extinction.
Watch the latest episode of Border Life.
Gilly Fraser finds out how footballing memories are bringing a new lease of life to Alzheimer's sufferers, while Emma Baker discovers evidence of an unusually mild winter in the south of Scotland.
Fiona Armstrong joins anglers on the River Tweed and finds out just how much Salmon Fishing is worth to the Scottish economy. We report on a pioneering initiative to equip people in remote Borders towns to cope with emergency situations. And we report on why 2014 is designated “Year of the Haggis”.
Emma Baker visits the nature reserve badly damaged by flooding, and a town which is rediscovering it's history through a century-old collection of photographs. Gill Brown explores the nuclear bunker now used for emergency planning in extreme weather.
Border Life Episode 5.