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Reivers' storm Duns

The Duns Summer Festival, also known as Reivers Week, is taking place in Duns this week, with their main ride out taking place today (Saturday 12th July).

This year the cavalcade of nearly 200 horses is being led by Reiver Ross Foreman and Reiver's Lass Lauren Burns.

Reiver Ross Foreman and Reiver's Lass Lauren Burns. Credit: ITV Border
Townspeople watch the rideout this morning Credit: ITV Border
The cavalcade is greeted by crowds Credit: ITV Border
The band leads the cavalcade through the town Credit: ITV Border

Duns Summer Festival gets undeway

Duns Summer Festival begins today (Sunday 6th July) and runs until the 12th July. It commemorates the town's histories and traditions in a week of sports, concerts, ride outs and parades. The Festival has run since 1949. Hundreds of people are expected to take part over the next week.


Jim Clark Rally enters day two

The famous Jim Clark Rally is entering its second day.

It is the only closed road rally in the UK mainland, and includes the BRC Rally, National, Clubman, Historic, Reivers and Landrover rallies around the towns of Kelso and Duns.

The Rally Service Area at Springwood Park in Kelso is open to spectators today (Saturday 31st May).

At the end of the first day, Welsh driver Osian Pryce is leading the British Rally Championship section of the Jim Clark Rally after 8 stages.

Duns driver Garry Pearson in fourth position. Local driver Euan Thorburn's hopes of a Jim Clark Rally hat trick were dashed after suffering a puncture on Friday.

Duns family in hospital after chimney fire

Four members of a family have been taken to hospital suffering from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after a chimney fire at their home in the Scottish Borders.

Firefighters were called to the property in Preston, Duns, at around 6pm last night (11th September).

They found a blockage in the chimney, which caused the fire and allowed carbon monoxide fumes to enter the house.

A man, women, and two children, were taken to the Borders General Hospital in Melrose, suffering from the possible side effects of gas poisoning.

New million pound fish facility unveiled in Duns

Borders MP Michael Moore has been in Duns for the unveiling of a new million pound salmon production facility.

£1.2 million has been invested into the Farne Salmon facility, which has also gone towards creating 32 new jobs in the local area.

“It was great to be able to open the new facility today and see firsthand the expertise and innovation of the team at Farne Salmon.

"It’s fantastic news for the local economy that 32 jobs have been created as a result of this investment which just goes to show how businesses like Farne Salmon are thriving.

"I want to congratulate everyone at the company for all their hard work in making this happen and wish them every success for the future.”

– Michael Moore, MP

Farne Salmon employs over 600 people and is the largest private sector employer in the Scottish Borders.

“This is a major investment for our business...

"Over the last thirty years Farne Salmon has grown from strength to strength and now employs over 600 people providing valuable income that goes back into the local community.

"Our success can be attributed to our people who are passionate about creating high quality, innovative fish products for all our customers.”

– Craig Walker, Chief Executive of Labeyrie Fine Foods UK, the parent company of Farne
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