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Cash for Dumfries Peter Pan house

The Dumfries house connected to Peter Pan author JM Barrie has been awarded six hundred and fifty thousand pounds from Creative Scotland.

The writer used to live in the town and took inspiration from the gardens at Moat Brae House.

It's now undergoing a major restoration project to turn it into a children's literature centre.

Scottish Borders rally driver wins championship

A rally driver from Duns, in the Scottish Borders, has just been crowned Scottish Rally Champion for the first time.

Euan Thorburn, and his co-driver Paul Beaton, won the prestigious title after beating rivals David Bogie and Kevin Rae on the McRae Stages rally in Perth.

Euan Thorburn won the McRae rally for the first time Credit: Euan Thorburn

Bogie, from Dumfries, has won the last five championships consecutively, but has been under pressure from Thorburn all year.

The two drivers went into the penultimate round of the championship with three wins each, but as they only count their best six of eight scores, a win for Thorburn was enough to take the title. Both Thorburn and Bogie had been battling it out all day over the 40 miles of Perthshire stages.

Going into the final stage there were only a few seconds separating the two, but it was Bogie who made the mistake and slid off.

This allowed Thorburn to take advantage of his mistake and take home the win.

The McRae stages is named after rallying legend Colin McRae, who was also one of Thorburn's heros.

The Duns driver will now go down in history as a motorsport champion, along with racing legend Jim Clark who is from the same Borders town.


Former Queens player guilty of assault

Ryan McGuffie will be sentenced in October Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A former Queen of the South player has pleaded guilty to assaulting a man outside a Dumfries pub last October.

Ryan McGuffie, 34, punched Graham Neish, causing him to fall to the ground. The victim was taken to Dumfries Infirmary where he underwent surgery, but has made a full recovery.

The court was told the assault happened after something was said by Neish, and McGuffie verbally challenged him.

Sheriff George Jamieson called for background reports and deferred sentencing until October 28.

McGuffie, who has been with St. Alban’s Saints in Victoria, was said to be staying at his father’s address in Dumfries.

Man teaches goose to fly

The goose has been taught to fly by Ian McNee from Dumfries Credit: ITV Border

A man from Dumfries has spent five months rearing an orphaned Canadian goose and has now managed to teach it how to fly.

Ian McNee has taught Gareth the goose everything he knows, but it will soon be time for him to fly the nest

"He's obviously a wild bird and he's going to go at some point but for him to actually fly and take off after three weeks of running up and down wagging my hands it was a great relief to see him fly and to be fair it was an even bigger relief to see him come back."

– Ian McNee Reared "Gareth" the goose


Salmond greets Dumfries Yes supporters

The First Minister of Scotland met with Yes campaigners in Dumfries today.

He is touring Scotland by helicopter in the lead up to Thursday's referendum on Scottish Independence.

He stopped for pictures and hugs on the Devorgilla bridge with supporters.

Alex Salmond hugs a supporter Credit: ITV Border
Mr Salmond chats to a campaigner Credit: ITV Border
Posing with young voters for a selfie Credit: ITV Border

Dumfries toddler struck by car

Police are appealing for information after a three-year-old boy was hit by a car in Dumfries.

The incident happened on Rosevale Street at 3.30 pm on Saturday 30th August.

The boy's father had pulled over to speak to a friend when the child took off his seatbelt and stepped out onto the road. He was then hit by a red Peugeot.

He was taken taken to Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow where he is described as being in a serious but stable condition.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101.

Headstones damaged at Dumfries cemetery

Two gravestones have been damaged in the Troqueer Cemetery in Dumfries.

Police say the headstones were pushed over and flowers had been scattered around the graves at some point between Saturday, 16, and Sunday, 17 August.

The foundations of the stones were left damages but the stones themselves were not.

"It is appalling that people can carry out an act such as this in a place like a graveyard. These places are not playgrounds and people should not use them as such."

– Constable Gary Adair, Police Scotland

Anyone with any information which may help trace those responsible is asked to call Police Scotland on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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