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Dumfriesshire distillery lives again

A distillery in Dumfriesshire is making whisky once again, nearly a century after it last produced single malt. Annandale Distillery has been transformed into a 10.5 million pound whisky-making centre and this weekend, the first cask was filled, as Jenny Longden reports.

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Professor is bringing distillery 'back to life'

The man behind the transformation of a whisky distillery in Dumfriesshire says he wanted to bring it 'back to life'.

Whisky hadn't been produced in Annandale for nearly 100 years, until the first cask was filled on Saturday (15th November).

Professor David Thomson and his wife Teresa Church bought the distillery in 2007.

Dumfriesshire distillery produces whisky again

Co-owner David Thomson cheers as the first cask is filled. Credit: ITV Border

A Dumfriesshire distillery which has not produced single malt whisky for almost 100 years has filled its first cask.

The multi-million pound transformation of Annandale distillery. Credit: ITV Border

The Annandale distillery is bringing 16 jobs to the region after being transformed into a visitor attraction in a multi-million pound development.

The first cask was filled yesterday and will be matured over 10 years.

The cask will now be matured over 10 years. Credit: ITV Border

Annandale Councillor joins Labour

Annandale North Councillor Graeme Tait has announced that he has joined the Labour Party and therefore became a member of the Labour group on Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Councillor Tait was first elected to the council in the Annandale North by-election in November 2012 as a Conservative member.

The Labour Group on the council is now up to 15 members while the Council’s administration now has 25 members.

I have decided to join the Labour Party because it has become increasingly clear that their policies and values better reflect my own.

It is clear that the Labour Party and the Labour Group of Councillors care about tackling the inequalities that exist and protecting the most vulnerable in our society and I share those principles with them.

“I have been hugely impressed by the way the new Labour led administration has run the council. The Council Leader has shown strong Leadership and put in place the clear direction the council has needed.

– Cllr Graeme Tait

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Annandale councillor Ted Brown dies after collapsing at meeting

Dumfries and Galloway councillor Ted Brown has died after collapsing during a meeting.

It is with deep regret that Dumfries and Galloway Council announces that one of its most respected members, Labour Councillor Ted Brown has died today, after being taken ill at a Council meeting this morning.

– Dumfries and Galloway council spokesman

Annandale North councillor Mr Brown, from Lockerbie, was attending a meeting of the Council's Planning, Housing and Environment Services Committee this morning when he was taken ill.

Councillor Brown was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Infirmary, where he later died.