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Thousand expected at Big Burns Supper carnival

2015 Carnival Credit: Big Burns Supper

Last minute preparations are underway in Dumfries ahead of the Big Burns Supper carnival this evening.

Thousands of people are expected to turn out for the event, which features a lantern procession complete with floats and a firework display.

The parade starts from 5pm near to Burns Statue.

The Big Burns Supper festival in now in its fifth year and is thought to be the largest of its kind in the world.

Highlights this year have included a return of 'Le Haggis' and a sell-put gig by the Bay City Rollers.

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Dumfries ready to rock and roll

Bay City Rollers Credit: pa

Dumfries is preparing to welcome the Bay City Rollers as part of the 2016 Big Burns Supper.

The 70s boy band pop stars, known for their tartan trousers and hits like Bye Bye Baby, Shang-A-Lang and I Only Wanna Be With You, will be on stage in the festival’s Spiegeltent this evening.

“It’s time to squeeze back into the tartan trousers and sing along with some of the catchiest songs of the seventies.

“We’re absolutely ecstatic to be welcoming the Les McKeown and the Bay City Rollers to Dumfries. It’s our festival’s fifth birthday and we thought it would be great celebrate with a bit of Rollermania.

– Graham Main, Artistic Director, Big Burns Supper

Grants available for D&G flood victims

The Whitesands in Dumfries was flooded by Storm Frank. Credit: PA

Flood victims in Dumfries and Galloway can apply for grants from the local council.

Following two major storms in December, the council is offering Crisis Grants to families or individuals on a low income.

The purpose is "to meet expenses that have arisen as a result of an emergency or disaster in order to avoid serious damage or serious risk to the health or safety of the applicant or their family."

People can apply for grants to cover their short term living expenses (including food and energy costs), as well as many household items.

  • You can apply for a Crisis Grant here

Dumfries Whitesands flood defence debate rages on

Campaigners in Dumfries are asking the council to look again at flood defences planned for the Whitesands. In November the council approved the idea of building a raised earth bank along the River Nith, with a walkway and glass panels on top.

However, some local businesses and the 'Save our Sands' group want them to have another look at the idea of barriers that would rise automatically, in the event of flooding. Lori Carnochan reports:

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Elderly woman robbed in Dumfries

Police Scotland. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman was robbed on Balmoral Road in Dumfries.

On Friday 01 January 2016, at around 2:45pm, the woman's handbag was taken by a person in dark clothing on a dark coloured bicycle, who was last seen cycling along Banchory Avenue, towards Balmoral Avenue.

Police are asking anyone in the vicinity of Balmoral Road at that time, who may have witnessed the incident, or anyone who may have seen the cyclist, make contact with police on 101.

Break-in while Dumfries woman slept

The purse of a Dumfries woman was stolen while she was upstairs sleeping.

The unsuspecting victim was upstairs when her purse, cash and credit cards were stolen overnight between Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 December.

"This was a despicable break-in at Christmas time to the home of an elderly lady while she was sleeping.

"We want to hear from anyone if they saw or heard anything suspicious overnight Wednesday/Thursday in the Averill Crescent area. They can call us through the 101 number at Dumfries."

– Constable Stephanie Brown at Dumfries

English Street in Dumfries closed due to unsafe building

Police Scotland close the road Credit: Rosie Bunney

One of the main town centre roads in Dumfries has been closed due to an unsafe building.

English Street has been shut by police after a building between Newall Terrace and Shakespeare Steet was found to be unsafe.

Police Scotland and the fire service are currently at the scene and traffic is being diverted.

Police and firemen on the scene Credit: Rosie Bunney
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