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Galloway Cubs celebrate centenary year

Woggle making was one of the weekend's activities Credit: ITV News Border

More than 100 hundred children from across Galloway have spent the weekend celebrating the Cub's centenary year.

The group were stationed on a campsite near Newton Stewart and took part in a number of activities and skill sessions.

"They've been so so busy. They've been doing plenty of activities off site. Thitry of them have been up Cairnsmoreof Fleet and they've been to Kirroughtree and done orienteering, den building and gold panning.

"On site we've been doing cooking, woggle making, camp gadgets, games and tying knots."

– Cheryl Murray, Assistant District Commissioner, Galloway Cubs
Girl Cubs have been welcomes since 1991 Credit: ITV News Border

The Cubs has evolved over the past 100 years, with one of the biggest changes being the introduction of girls in 1991.

"In my day it was just boys and not girls but now the girls are coming in and as you can see here today there's a lot of girls taking part and they're all enjoying themselves."

– Drew Low, Chairman, Galloway Cubs
Playing in the woods Credit: ITV News Border

The latest census shows an 11% increase in membership- thought to be down to more publicity and high profile members like their Chief Scout, Bear Grylls.

The Galloway Cubs are looking for more leaders to join their teams so that more clubs can be established across Dumfries and Galloway.


Spring Fling festival attracting big crowds

Painter showing off her work Credit: Spring Fling

Early indications show that it could be a bumper weekend for Dumfries and Galloway's Spring Fling festival.

It's the 14th year the event has been held and thousands of people have been making the most of the good weather by visiting the artists and their studios.

Around 100 artists, sculptors and designers open their doors to the public over the bank holiday weekend.

Among the most popular venues to visit is Threave Gardens and Estate, where painter Catriona Taylor and illustrator Lucy Hadley have been showing off their work.

“Threave is a lovely venue, people have really enjoyed the chance to meet and chat about art and spend time wandering round one of the loveliest gardens in the region.”

– Catriona Taylor
Blacksmith Adam Booth Credit: Spring Fling

Visitors can follow designated routes around the region, leading them to every corner of Dumfries and Galloway.

In Kirkpatrick Durham, blacksmith Adam Booth has been showing off his work- including letter wracks and bespoke gates.

“It’s been a fabulous weekend so far, with lots of people loving the chance to see so many studios and so many different forms of art and craft all round the region.”

– Adam Booth

Run Doonhame team ready for final push

The five policemen who've been taking part in a 750-mile run around the UK and Ireland have only 26.2 miles to go.

The Run Doonhame team have ran from London to Edinburgh via Cardiff, Dublin and Belfast.

They're raising money for Cash for Kids in Dumfries and Galloway and the charity Care of Police Survivors (COPS).

All five runners will complete the challenge on Sunday as they tackle the Edinburgh marathon.

Lori Carnochan caught up with the group as they were running through the region on their way to the capital:


Run Doonhame almost complete for Dumfries policemen

Adam Watret tackling the 'Devil's Beeftub' road near Moffat Credit: ITV News Border

Five policemen from Dumfries and Galloway are coming to the end of their epic running challenge for charity.

Sergeant Iain McKie and Constables Sandy Currie, Ian Dawes, Graeme Scott and Adam Watret, all from Police Scotland, are running a 750 mile relay around the UK and Ireland to raise money for Cash for Kids and Care of Police Survivors.

The 'Five Capitals Challenge' is the last charity run taking place as part of the 'Run Doonhame' series. The men began running from London, before reaching Wales, crossing over to Dublin, up to Belfast, over to Dumfries and are now on their final leg heading for Edinburgh.

Alan McGowan is one of the support team Credit: ITV News Border

"I'm just so incredibly proud of every one of these guys. What they've achieved is amazing, a herculean effort.

"They're all sore and tired but they know the end is in sight and can't wait to cross that finish line in our country's capital.

"The support given by the public has been brilliant. The messages on social media really keep the guys going when it gets tough out there."

– Alan McGowan, Support team, Run Doonhame

The group will finish their seven day challenge with the Edinburgh Marathon tomorrow, where they'll all run together for the first time.

Constable Adam Watret was given one of the biggest challenges of them all- running up the 'Devil's Beeftub' road near Moffat.

The road is a landmark in Dumfries and Galloway due to it's steep incline and stunning scenery.

"Running up the beeftub was tough going i'm not going to lie. But what a way to appreciate the amazing scenery in our region and the weather has been kind to us too.

"Some of the hills in Wales were far tougher so today's not been too bad."

– Adam Watret, Run Doonhame
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