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Fiji's sporting elite come to Dumfries

The Fiji Commonwealth team got a warm welcome from the people of Dumfries
The Fiji Commonwealth team got a warm welcome from the people of Dumfries Credit: ITV News Border

Fiji's sporting elite have landed in the south of Scotland ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

The team are one of only two groups who will not be based in Glasgow for the games.

Local children held a press conference with the Fiji team
Local children held a press conference with the Fiji team Credit: ITV News Border

They will be based in Dumfries for the duration of their stay and locals turned out in force to give them a warm welcome.

Local children had a chance to met and train with the athletes and even got the chance to hold a press conference with the team.

Dumfries to celebrate life and works of Robert Burns

He is one of Dumfries' most famous sons and, this weekend, the town is celebrating his life and works.

A cast of 70 will take to the streets to depict the final years of Robert Burns' life as part of a major literary festival.

As the finishing touches are being made, our reporter Ryan Dollard has been along to take a look behind the scenes at the final preparations.


Suspicious fire at nature reserve

A fire which broke out at the Caerlaverock Nature Reserve near Dumfries is being treated as suspicious.

Police Scotland are investigating the fire, which took place at the Castle Corner car park sometime between Sunday, 13 July and Monday, 14 July.

A bench, wheelie bin and information leaflets were destroyed.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at


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.

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:

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