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Farmhouse fire in Dumfries and Galloway

The farmhouse where the fire occurred last night Credit: ITV Border

Firefighters rescued two pet dogs and saved a farmhouse from being engulfed by flames in Dumfries and Galloway last night.

A man and a girl suffering from the effects of smoke were also treated with oxygen therapy at the scene, before being taken to hospital for precautionary check-ups.

Crews from Annan were sent to the incident in Kirtlebridge in response to a 999 call that was made shortly before 8:30pm.

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Dumfries youth theatre group stage gritty sectarianism play

Dumfries Junior Guild in Unite Don't Fight Credit: www.primaging.net

A Dumfries youth theatre group are staging a hard-hitting play in their home town tonight about the devastating consequences of a sectarian attack.

Dumfries Junior Guild is putting on 'Unite Don't Fight' at the Brigend Theatre at 7pm - and entrance is free.

The play, written, directed and acted in by Dumfries-based James Napper, tells the story of how four siblings have their family and home destroyed in a religious hatred attack. What starts as joshing results in arson and the death of their parents.

Unite Don't Fight has been touring Dumfries and Galloway this month alongside another sectarianism-themed play called Freedom Square put on by Stranraer's Ryan Youth Theatre.

The intention of the performances is to raise awareness of the damaging impact of sectarianism in Scotland's communities.

Both plays are supported by grants from the Voluntary Action Fund, Scottish Government’s Tackling Sectarianism Small Grant Programme and have been assisted by the Kirkcudbright based South West Scotland Sectarian Project.

"Not only has the project provided the cast with an amazing platform to showcase their talents, it has educated them on the subject and given them a challenging subject and story to tell."

– James Napper, Unite Don't Fight writer and director

The Waterboys and Tom Odell confirmed for Wickerman Festival

Tom Odell is one of the acts confirmed for this year's Wickerman Festival Credit: PA

One of Scotland's biggest music festivals has announced this summer's headliners.

The Waterboys and Tom Odell will lead the line-up at the Wickerman Festival in Dumfries and Galloway.

Example and DJ Wire are also confirmed, and the remaining acts will be announced over he coming months.

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Work will 'transform and revitalise' parts of Gretna Green and Springfield

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Work is underway on a programme that has been designed to transform and improve parts of Gretna Green and Springfield.

The regeneration will take around four months to complete and includes:-

  • Enhancing community seating area at Headless CrossCreating new community seating area at Westgill Road
  • The creation of four sandstone Gateway features designed to mark the key entrances to Gretna Green and Springfield
  • Tree planting on Gretna Loaning and in Springfield
  • Improvements to the footway at Stormont Terrace

The works, which are being funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council, will cost around £250,000, and the money will come from the Council’s Capital Programme.

“I am delighted that work has started to transform and revitalise public space in Gretna Green and Springfield.

"Gretna Green attracts visitors from all over the world and this will be a much more attractive setting for them and for locals to enjoy.”

– Cllr Craig Peacock, Vice Chair of the Council's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee
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