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Dunscore holocaust victim heritage centre to open


A heritage centre marking the life of a Dumfriesshire woman who died in Auschwitz is set to open in a church.

The Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland have granted Dunscore Church £106,400. The money will be used for repairs, renovations and the creation of the heritage centre.

Christian missionary Jane Haining worked with Jewish schoolgirls in Budapest, before being arrested by the Nazis in 1944. She was sent to Auschwitz where she later died.

In 2010 she was posthumously awarded a Hero of the Holocaust medal by the British government.

The church, which was founded in 1823, has been in desperate need of a facelift. Lori Carnochan reports:


Fire destroys Dunscore community hall

A community hall near Dumfries has been destroyed in a fire.

The fire at Speddoch Hall near Dunscore was spotted at six o'clock yesterday morning.

The hall was destroyed by fire Credit: ITV News Border

Three fire crews from Dumfries were called but they were unable to save the building.

The cause is still under investigation.

The remains of the hall Credit: ITV News Border