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Tall ship gets big reception

Hundreds of people turned out over the weekend to see the first tall ship in 100 years arrive in the port of Dumfries.

The La Moulouine was sailed up the River Nith to Kingholm Quay where she'll spend the next year being renovated.

It's hoped the ship will one day take young people sailing in the Solway and Irish Sea.

Ship's owner and member of the Port of Dumfries Development Group, Roy Kerr, on plans for the vessel.

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Three wards closed at DGRI due to norovirus

Three wards remain closed at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary due to an outbreak of norovirus.

The winter vomiting bug has closed wards 9, 10 and 12, with around 30 people showing symptoms of the illness, including sickness and diarrhoea.

Full outbreak control measures have been put in place at the hospital, with admissions and visiting restricted.

“This is an unpleasant virus which is circulating in the community and is spread easier wherever people are together.

"In this outbreak vomiting is more of a feature and this makes it much more easy to transmit which is why we are seeing higher numbers affected in hospital.

"We regret having to take such measures as restricting visiting, particularly over a holiday period, but thank the public and our staff for their continued support and patience as we endeavour to minimise the impact of this horrible bug.”

– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager, DGRI

Campaigner backs Meningitis vaccine plans

Campaigner Michael Pattie Credit: ITV Border

A father from Dumfries who lost his son to Meningitis has welcomed the news that all UK babies will soon have access to a vaccine against the B strain of the disease.

Michael Pattie's son David died in 1999 and he has campaigned since then for a vaccine to be available on the NHS.

The Government's agreement with drug company GlaxoSmithKline will mean the vaccine can be introduced later this year.

Previously the government had only agreed that children over two years old could get the vaccine.

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Man dies after lorry crash in Dumfries

A man has died following a road accident involving a lorry, on the A75 in Dumfries on Thursday 26 March.

William Hanlin, 47, from Dalbeattie, was driving an eastbound Vauxhall Astra, which collided with a westbound articulated lorry at Cuckoo Roundabout.

He died at the scene.

The man driving the lorry was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and treated for minor injuries.

He was since been released.

Police are asking for witnesses to the crash to contact them on 101.

Queens team up with Dumfries food bank charity

Standing left to right, Queens Captain, Chris Higgins, Director, Mark Blount, Andy Cochrane of the Queens Trust and Queens defender, Mark Durnan. Sitting centre, midfielder, Paul Burns. Credit: Queen of the South

Queen of the South have joined forces with a Dumfries-based food bank charity - and fans can now drop off donations on match days.

First Base Agency on Buccleuch Street is the town’s main food bank and in the past 12 months the charity says it has handed out 4,700 emergency food parcels.

To boost food stocks, the Queens Trust and supporters groups have teamed up with First Base Agency and set up collection points in the Queen of the South Arena for fans to bring donated food when they go to games.

"We're happy to have this joint initiative with the Trust and other supporters groups for such a deserving cause. Initially we will be accepting donations at the Arena on match days, and it would be great if supporters coming along to the game, could bring a little something with them."

– Queens director, Mark Blount
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