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Duns gears up for Jim Clark weekend

Allan McNish at the Jim Clark Museum. Credit: Jim Clark Trust

A display of classic cars will be on show in Duns this weekend, along with one of Scotland's most successful racing drivers, for the Jim Clark Weekend.

The free public event is being held in the hometown of Formula One legend Jim Clark.

There will be a static display of cars that he raced in on Saturday, and a parade of racing cars through the town on Sunday. There will also be a tractor parade, to celebrate Jim's local farming roots.

The weekend is to celebrate 50 years since Jim Clark's famous 1965 season, when he won his second Formula One World Championship, the Formula Two World Championship, Indianapolis 500, and the Tasman Championship.

One of Scotland's top current racers will also be there - Allan McNish - who has three Le Mans 24 Hour Race titles to his name, and is himself a former Formula One driver:

I am very much looking forward to visiting Duns for the Jim Clark Weekend on what is going to be a fantastic celebration of Jim's success.

It will be really cool to see an extremely rare Lotus 38 similar to the Indy 500 winning car and classic Lotus F1 cars in which he claimed his World titles, cars that in his hands brought so much success and also pride to our country."

– Allan McNish

The event is being organised by Club Lotus, and the Jim Clark Trust.

Earlier this year the Trust announced plans for a new £1.2 million redevelopment of the existing Jim Clark Museum in partnership with Scottish Borders Council.

Car stripped of all body parts in Duns

Borders Police are appealing for information after a car was stripped in Duns overnight on Wednesday, January 28 on a public road with the Duns Industrial Estate.

The owner returned to the black Volkswagen Golf the next morning and found that the vehicle had been completely stripped of all body parts.

Police Inspector Keith Dougal said:

This incident has resulted in significant distress for the owner and we ask anyone who seen or heard anything suspicious in the area at around the time of this incident to get in touch."

– Keith Dougal

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.


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.

How did the Great War affect the Borders?

The exhibition will look at how Duns was affected by the Great War Credit: PA Wire

A new exhibition is looking at how the Great War affected Duns and the surrounding area, despite being miles from the front line.

Shops and businesses had to cope with less staff as their employees signed up to fight 'for King and country'. Everyone was involved in fundraising to buy ships, planes and tanks. They also collected home comforts for the men in the trenches.

Women went back into work and began to take on roles they had never had before. Berwickshire also fell victim with stray zeppelin bombs showering the district in 1916. All things considered Duns and its environs had a large part to play in this new type of war.

Photographs, objects, local newspapers and town council records have been used to build up a picture of Duns in the 1914-18 period. Many local people have loaned family items to also display.

‘The Great War in Duns’ exhibition is in Duns Library Contact Centre and will be open during library open hours from 4th October to 15th November.


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.

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