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Dumfries and Galloway "often overlooked"

“This year the whole of Scotland will be in the global spotlight thanks to major events and the Homecoming 2014 initiative. Our organisation knows Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire well but they are sadly often overlooked.

"The region offers availability of a wide range of high quality, good value accommodation, food and drink in an exceptionally busy tourism year.”

– Gary Mclean Quin, Honorary President of the Scottish Hotel Awards

Dumfries and Galloway named 'Destination of the Year'

The stunning Solway Coast Credit: ITV News Border

Dumfries and Galloway has been named as 'Destination of the Year' at the Scottish Hotel Awards.

The region was chosen for its strong hotel offering, warm hospitality and stunning landscapes.

Judges were impressed by the area's natural scenic beauty, fishing communities and charming country house hotels.

People are now being encouraged to 'turn west' when they enter Scotland to discover the local charms on offers.

Officer's good work celebrated

Cumbria Police say that one example of PC Woodward's good work was when he was called to an incident at the Stoneyholme Golf Club in Carlisle after an alarm had been tampered with. He predicted that as soon as Police left, the person who had tampered with the alarm would return and break in.

PC Woodward and his general purpose dog, Barney, waited and after a while a man arrived, broke into the golf club and attempted to steal from the gaming machines. PC Woodward and Barney arrested the suspect who was later charged for burglary.


Calvin Harris wins "Songwriter of the Year"

Calvin Harris Credit: PA

Dumfries DJ Calvin Harris has been named "Songwriter of the Year" at the prestigious Ivor Novello awards in London.

The 29-year-old made history by becoming the first ever DJ to be honoured with the award, which is traditionally given to writers from the pop and rock world.

Calvin Harris Tweeted his reaction after the ceremony, he said: "Just won Songwriter of the year at the Ivor Novello awards. Proudest moment of my life. Speechless."

It is the second time the producer/songwriter has made history in the last three weeks, after becoming the first artist to score eight top ten hits from the same album.

His album "18months" includes hits like Sweet Nothing and I Need Your Love.

Harris was presented his award by world renowned DJ Pete Tong, who later Tweeted:

"Today I presented @CalvinHarris** with the songwriter of the year award at the legendary #Ivor** Novello's first DJ ever to win ...amazing !!"

Eyemouth ice-cream parlour scoops top award

Eyemouth ice-cream parlour Giocapazzi's has been named Champion of Champions for producing the best flavour in the whole of the UK.

Their chocolate fudge brownie ice-cream took six months to develop.

It has never been sold to the public but judges at the Ice Cream Alliance said it was 'outstanding.'

Giocapazzi's is a family run business which first opened in Eyemouth in 1900.

Carlisle students win awards

Carlisle College Credit: ITV Border

Media production students from Carlisle College have scooped three awards at the Royal Television Society Awards.

The course leader Jayne Edwards said:

"This was the first time our students have submitted entries for this prestigious event. It is safe to say that they 'cleaned up' on the night by winning 3 out of the 4 awards. Their success is due to much hard work and dedication and they should all feel immensely proud of their achievements."

The awards were handed out at the Young People's Senior Media Festival and were held at the University of Sunderland. The college principle Moira Tattersall said:

"Promoting a culture of creativity and individuality and providing appropriate staff support to develop student competencies in the use of all the available resources is something that we are particularly good at Carlisle College of the Arts.

Securing these awards at a regional level is proof of that. Inviting external scrutiny of your work can often be a nerve racking experience for students, but their efforts have really paid off. This is a truly outstanding achievement. Congratulations to all the staff and students involved."