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Witness appeal after sudden death of Castle Douglas man

Police in Scotland are appealing for witnesses following the sudden death of a man from Castle Douglas

Robert Kirk became unwell and fell over outside the Wilkinsons store on Cotton Street at 11am on Thursday 2 January.

The 61-year-old was taken to hospital by ambulance, where he then died on Friday 17 January.

Officers do not believe that there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Police are still keen to speak to anyone who was in the Cotton Street area around the time Mr Kirk took unwell.

Anyone who was in the area or saw the incident is being asked to contact police on 101.

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Castle Douglas author returns from war-torn Syria

The conflict in Syria may seem a long way from here, but one man from our region has seen its devastating effects first hand.

In-fighting between rebel forces and the Assad government has forced millions of refugees to flee the war-torn country, many of them children.

The author Robin Yassin-Kassab lives in Castle Douglas, in Galloway.

His father is Syrian, and Robin's just returned from ten days at the Turkish border, helping to clothe and feed as many children as possible during a bleak and freezing winter.

Earlier I spoke to him, and Ian spoke with him, asking him why he felt compelled to go and help.

Castle Douglas choir re-invents Christmas

If you're idea of a Christmas carol is 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' and 'Once of Royal David's City' think again.

One choir in Galloway is re-inventing Christmas, by singing forgotten carols from around the country.

Led my Alison Burns, the Feral Choir, based in Castle Douglas, is breathing new life into ancient texts and melodies.

Fiona McIlwraith went to meet them.

Choir leader brings a new twist to Christmas carols

You will be familiar with Christmas carols like 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' and 'Once in Royal David's City' but a choir in Galloway says it's is re-inventing Christmas, by singing forgotten carols from around the country.

Led by Alison Burns, the Feral Choir, which is based at Castle Douglas, is breathing new life into ancient texts and melodies.

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Alternative Christmas for one Castle Douglas choir

Forget 'O Come all Ye Faithful' and 'Away in a Manger' ... the Feral Choir are learning lost songs strecting back for centuries. Credit: ITV News Border

The Feral Choir from Castle Douglas has decided to take an alternative route this Christmas.

They're ditching the traditional songs like 'Silent Night' in favour of those lost through the centuries.

Choir leader Alison Burns said they made the decision after getting fed up with singing the same thing every year.

Alternative carols for Castle Douglas Choir

A choir from Castle Douglas are leaving behind the more traditional Christmas carols in favour of some other alternative one.

Instead of 'O Come all Ye Faithful' and 'Away in a Manger' the Feral Choir are learning lost songs stretching back for centuries.

Alison Burns who leads the choir says it's her passion that has led to the discovery of some of more unusual Christmas carols.

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