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Preparations for Love Life and Liberty Pageant begin

The actors who will portray Jean Armour and Robert Burns Credit: Love Life and Liberty Pageant

Final preparations are underway in Dumfries for the Love Life and Liberty Pageant, this weekend.

The play depicting the last years of life of poet Robert Burns which he spent in the town.

It's the showpiece at the heart of a two day festival celebrating his life and that of the Peter Pan author James Barrie who was educated in the town.

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Dumfries club for disabled adults celebrates first birthday

A club for adults with disabilities in Dumfries and Galloway is celebrating its first anniversary.

Buddies, in Dumfries, encourages visitors to team up with members of staff to learn new skills on their own terms.

It also gives them the chance to socialise with other people and decide what they want to do with their time.

Read: Social club for disabled adults growing in numbers

Nicola Sturgeon visits Dumfries and Galloway

Scotland's Deputy First Minister has been in Dumfries today, answering questions from locals about Scottish independence.

With 72 days until the referendum, and the pro-independence campaign slipping in some recent polls, Nicola Sturgeon has been arguing a "Yes" vote would be good news for the South of Scotland.

Our political reporter Joe Pike went along:

Land mine charity in Dumfries suspends its founder and chief executive

Guy Willoughby pictured with Prince Harry at a minefield in Mozambique in 2010 Credit: PA

A land mine charity in Dumfries, once supported by Princess Diana, has suspended its founder and chief executive.

The Halo Trust said there had been a "serious deterioration" in relations between Guy Willoughby and the board, and it had decided to suspend him.

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Deputy First Minister in Dumfries for Independence questions

Nicola Sturgeon is in Dumfries answering questions about the blueprint for Scottish Independence Credit: ITV Border

The Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is in Dumfries answering questions from local residents about Scottish Independence.

People have been invited along to find out more about the Yes campaign's blueprint for an independent Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon begins independence Q&A session

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In Dumfries for @nicolasturgeon public Q&A. Says 'we can do this, we should, if we don't we'll be at mercy of decisions elsewhere'. #indyref

You can follow our Political Journalist Joe Pike @joepike for live tweets from Nicola Sturgeon's Q&A session in Dumfries.

Deputy First Minister in Dumfries

Scotland's Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, will be in Dumfries today, 7 July for a Q&A session about the Scottish Government's blueprint for independence.

In the run up to the referendum Cabinet Secretaries will be holding a series of public Q&A sessions across Scotland, as well as holding a number of Cabinet meetings outside of Edinburgh.

The event will be held at 1pm in the Easterbrook Hall's Duncan Rooms.

Stigma of being transgender is 'distressing'

A young transgender man from Dumfries is calling for better education on gender in schools, to help prevent bullying and prejudice. However, he wasn't identified in the piece because he didn't want to be shown on TV due to the stigma.

Becky Kent from the Scottish Transgender Alliance spoke to Emma Baker.

Watch: Fixers: One man's aims to increase gender education

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