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Countdown to Special Olympics Games begins

It’s 50 days until the Special Olympics European Summer Games take place in Antwerp in Belgium when two of our region’s athletes will join 47 others as team GB.

Emma Birley, from Castlemilk in Lockerbie and Samuel Pattinson from Gretna will both compete in swimming events.

Our hopefuls will take part among more than 2,000 other athletes with learning disabilities.

The week-long games, that start on Saturday 13 September, will see athletes from 58 European countries take part in ten events:

  • Athletics
  • Artistic Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Bocce
  • Badminton
  • Unified Basketball
  • Cycling
  • Judo
  • Table Tennis
  • Swimming

Special Olympics GB is the largest registered charity providing year round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

For more information go to www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk.

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Wickerman Festival starts today

The arena is all set to go for The Wickerman Festival 2014
The arena is all set to go for The Wickerman Festival 2014 Credit: ITV Border

The Wickerman Festival starts today and takes place until tomorrow evening when the giant wickerman will be set alight for the festival finale.

This year's acts include headliner Dizzee Rascal, del Almitri, The Feeling, Shed Seven and many more, including local acts from the south of Scotland.

Now in its thirteenth year, the award-winning festival attracts thousands of music fans to East Kirkcarswell near Dundrennan in south west Scotland.

Festival-goers can expect fine weather for today and most of tomorrow
Festival-goers can expect fine weather for today and most of tomorrow Credit: ITV Border

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Study suggests golden eagles could make their return

A new report has been published suggesting golden eagles could flourish again in the south of Scotland, given the right environment.

The paper, produced by Scottish Natural Heritage, shows that the area could sustain up to 16 breeding pairs of the iconic bird.

At the moment there are just one or two pairs attempting to breed in Galloway, and possibly three pairs in the Borders.

Fiona McIlwraith went to woodland near Moffat to meet one of the experts who compiled the report.

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