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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.

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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

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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.

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