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Three festivals announced for Annandale and Eskdale

Three festivals are to take place in Annandale and Eskdale later this year, beginning next month, Dumfries and Galloway council has announced.

The Pack Up Your Troubles Festival,which will be held from 28th to 31st August, will feature a weekend of events based on World War One, to celebrate the 100th birthday of twins Gretna and Eastriggs.

The first of the three festivals will include an old-style music hall evening, a World War One tearoom, classic bus tours, concerts, cooking demonstrations, educational workshops and various community events.

The International Sheep Dog Trials 2015 will take place the following month, on 10th to 12th September, at Meikleholm Farm, between Moffat and Dumfries.

Around 10,000 people are expected to turn out to see the world's most highly skilled dogs and handlers compete for the championship titles.

The Lockerbie Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with concerts in Lockerbie, Moffat, Annan and Gretna. US jazz singer Melba Joyce and musician Stephanie Trick will appear in concerts as part of the event.

Singer Ruby Turner is also due to perform in Lockerbie and Gretna.

Singer Ruby Turner Credit: PA

“This superb cluster of festivals and events will showcase Annandale and Eskdale and Dumfries and Galloway to great effect. The Council is doing all that it can to integrate the promotion of these festivals to ensure that we attract and retain visitors to our region, to enjoy our stunning countryside, inspiring heritage and the superb music and entertainment on offer. There is a real energy and exuberance about all these events that comes across so well.”

– Councillor Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council

“These three fantastic and very diverse festivals highlight the incredible variety of great things to see and do within the beautiful Annandale and Eskdale area. Each of these wonderful events - which give a real flavour of the vibrancy and colour of the local culture here - provides an excellent and valuable opportunity to attract new visitors to get a taste of the amazing range of activities and attractions there are to experience and enjoy throughout Dumfries & Galloway. I hope as many people as possible, from outside of the region as well as from the local community, will make the most of the chance to be a part of these great festivals, which all look set to be unmissable dates for the diary.

– VisitScotland Regional Director Paula McDonald

The three events are being fully backed by £45,000 of council funding as part of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Major Festivals and Events Strategy which will provide £750,000 funding to events projects between 2014 and 2017.

"Council funding of major events creates business and tourism benefits and these three great events provide the perfect reason for staycations this Autumn. Where else in Scotland this year can you enjoy world class jazz in such close proximity to the tranquillity and fabulous craft of international sheep dog trials? We have the Tour of Britain coming through Gretna, Eastriggs and Cannonbie on Tuesday 8 September which will be a fantastic event to experience and the Pack Up Your Troubles Festival is choc a bloc with things to see and do.”

– Councillor Ronnie Ogilvie, Chair of Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee

Find your nearest Trussell Trust foodbank in the Border region

Foodbanks in the Border region

The Trussell Trust are the major provider of foodbanks in our region. Their sites include:

North Lakes foodbank Lorton Street Methodist Church, Lorton Street, Cockermouth, CA13 9RH 01900 823854

Windermere & District foodbank The Methodist Church Basement, Main Road, Windermere, LA23 1DY 01539 422569

Peeblesshire foodbank Suite 2, 2 Rowan Court, Cavalry Park, Peebles, EH45 9BU 07799 041723

Barrow foodbank Barrow foodbank Abbey Road Baptist Church Abbey Road (corner of park drive) Barrow-in-Furness LA14 5EY 01229 343436

The Dumfriesshire foodbank is currently under development. info@dumfriesshire.foodbank.org.uk

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Australian businessman buys Bladnoch Distillery

Bladnoch Distillery in Galloway is to reopen and restart production after being purchased by Australian businessman, David Prior.

The investment means whisky production will resume at the new firm, Bladnoch Distillery Limited, after being halted six years ago.

Existing staff will continue in their jobs with new jobs being created.

The firm says substantial investment needs to be made to the facilities before production can continue.

“I am delighted to have been able to purchase a Scotch Whisky distillery of such renown as Bladnoch. Scotch Whisky is the world’s foremost spirit drink and I am proud to be part of the Scotch Whisky industry.”

– David Prior, Australian entrepreneur

“It is wonderful to see one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries revived. I’m excited to be on the team which will breathe new life into Bladnoch and provide a stimulus for the local economy.”

– Gavin Hewitt, former chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association

Border Weather - Monday

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Cloudy skies for many areas with outbreaks of showery rain continuing, heavy at times, with persistent rain affecting the Southern Uplands and Borders.

Feeling unseasonably cold, especially along the east coast, with fresh northeasterly winds. Highs 14-16°C.

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