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Arran Brewery doubles its workforce in three months

Arran Brewery plc has announced they have doubled their work force over the last three months.

The company is currently are currently preparing to enter the international markets, as well as opening a second brewery, The Loch Earn Brewery, and Scotland’s first Sake Brewery in Dreghorn, North Ayrshire.

The expansions come after an influx of money from Crowd Funding, by offering shares to members of the public who want to invest in the company.

Arran Brewery plc raised a total of £260,000 in its first round of funding and has retained its target of achieving £4m in total.

"Taking on so many staff and developing on all fronts is making this a frenetic place to work.

"We have three bars open at the moment and a café, with a restaurant and Bistro to open shortly, this is meaning everyone in the team is working flat out.

"The crowd funding has meant we are able to invest in the staff and infrastructure we need to catch up with others in the Craft Brewing Arena, but more investment is required and a second round of funding is likely to be needed towards the end of the year."

– Gerald Michaluk, Managing Director of Annan Brewery plc

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A guide to Annan Riding of the Marches

One of the largest and oldest historic traditional ceremonies in south west Scotland is taking place. Annan Riding of the Marches, a fortnight of events, culminates on the first Saturday of July. The Annan Cornet and his Lass lead a cavalcade of riders out of the town round the burgh boundaries.

The traditional words "Safe Oot, Safe In" are shouted out as they forge the latest link in a chain of tradition dating back almost 700 years. Checking the boundaries was the responsibility of their forefathers to ensure that its landmarks had not been removed or tampered with by the English.

Their aim was to ensure that the burgh boundaries were maintained in good order. The cavalcade will circle around a channel in the Solway Firth before returning with the Burgh Standard to take part in traditional horse chases on the banks of the River Annan.

£15k cigarettes stolen from Annan store

Cigarettes worth between £10,000 and £15,000 were stolen from Annan Co-op Credit: PA

Between £10,000 and £15,000 worth of cigarettes have been stolen from the Cooperative Store in Annan.

The theft took place in the early hours of Monday morning, 23 June.

Police Scotland is warning commercial businesses, including shops and supermarkets, to be on their guard.

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Body found in primary school grounds

Two neighbouring schools in southern Scotland have been shut following the discovery of a body in the grounds.

Annan Academy and Hecklegirth Primary are the subject of emergency closures.

The area has been cordoned off while investigations into the incident are carried out. The two schools - which have a combined number of about 1,200 pupils - are expected to reopen on Tuesday.

Four-year-old girl hit by car in Annan

Police are appealing for information after a four-year-old girl was hit by a car that mounted the pavement.

It is thought the driver may have being trying to avoid traffic on the other side of the road.

The incident happened on Bank Street in Annan at about 4pm on Friday, 2 May.

The girl didn't need to go to hospital but was treated by ambulance staff for arm and shoulder injuries.

Her mother had chased after the car and spoken to the driver, who drove away without replying.

The driver of a silver/ blue Volvo is described to be in his late 50's, with dark hair and glasses. He was said to be well dressed, possibly wearing a suit.

Contact Police Scotland if you have any information regarding the incident.

Police appeal for witnesses after Annan attack

Police are appealing for witnesses after an unprovoked attack in Annan town centre.

The 51-year-old man was attacked as he walked down the High Street at 9:10pm on Sunday, 20 April 2014.

He had previously been assaulted opposite the junction with Butts Street.

He was not seriously injured.

The man responsible is described as white, about 25-years-old, under 6ft tall, with short ginger hair.

He was also said to be wearing a red striped jumper and blue jeans.

There was a second man present but he was not said to have taken part in the assault.

If anyone has any information regarding the identity of the man responsible they should call Police Scotland on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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