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Brain injury man walks to Edinburgh

Rueben Boyce with his cart Credit: ITV Border

A man from Lochmaben who had a massive bleed on his brain has walked from his hometown to Edinburgh - pulling a cart weighing a quarter of a ton

63-year-old Reuben Boyes made the walk to thank doctors at Edinburgh's Western General Hospital.

In August 2012 Reuben suffered a head injury while at work. He fell into a coma that lasted 5 weeks and could have died during two major brain operations.

Doctors weren't sure if he'd even be able to walk again.

But now he has completed his 80 mile walk and raised £1,200 for the Brain and Spine Foundation charity.

He says he'll now set off walking on the return journey in the next few days - all 80 miles back again to Lochmaben.

"It was really emotional to make it to the Western General. I had a good cry and then I saw the staff on the ward and I stood under the sign saying surgery ward 32 where I was treated. "They couldn't believe I'd hauled that cart of mine all the way from Dumfriesshire just to say thanks to them.

– Rueben Boyes


Peebles passenger killed in crash

A 22-year-old man from Peebles has died in a crash on Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh.

Kyle Thomson was a front seat passenger in a Hyundai car, which was involved in a crash with a Subaru Impreza around 11.10pm on Friday 7th November.

He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary along with the driver, 24-year-old Sean Allan, and another male passenger before passing away in the early hours of Monday 10th November. Sean Allan was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital and the third male is receiving treatment.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Police Scotland.

'Sorry' says former Mortonhall manager

The man who ran a crematorium where staff failed to return babies' ashes to parents has given his first TV interview.

George Bell now manages the Borders crematorium in Melrose, but for thirty years, he was in charge at Mortonhall in Edinburgh.

A report described the goings-on at Mortonhall as a "great tragedy" that left some parents facing a "lifetime of uncertainty".

Talking to ITV Border's Kathryn Samson today, Mr Bell apologised if families were given wrong information:

Borders Railway project: How will it affect you?

The Borders Railway project will see 30 miles of rail built between Edinburgh and Tweedbank Credit: ITV News

Drop-in sessions are being held to tell people more about the Borders Rail project.

30 miles of rail will be built between Edinburgh and Tweedbank.

The team behind it will explain to people how construction will affect them.

The dates and timings for the drop-in sessions are as follows:

  • Tuesday 3 December, 3-7pm – The Hive, Low Buckholmside, Galashiels, TD1 1RT

  • Tuesday 10 December, 3-7pm – Stow Town Hall, Stow, TD1 2QN


Full Report: Flodden at the Fringe

The 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden is just weeks away and dozens of events and activities are taking place mark it.

As part of the build up, a theatre group from the Scottish Borders is staging a play at the Edinburgh Fringe.

They say they want to raise the profile of the battle - which changed the course of Scottish history.

Watch the full report below.

Full Report: Lockerbie bombing remembered at Edinburgh Festival

This December will be the 25th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in the UK, the Lockerbie bombing.

To mark this, a new play has been written that's being premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe this month.

'Lockerbie: Lost Voices' challenges audiences to keep asking questions about what really happened.

Kathryn Samson went along to rehearsals - watch her full report below.

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Full Report: Edinburgh Fringe Festival gets underway

The festival season is in full swing and actors, comedians and musicians from our region are also heading for Edinburgh - the biggest arts festival in the world.

The Edinburgh Fringe features around 3,000 shows this year.

In the first of a series of reports, Kathryn Samson has been catching up with the team from Northern Stage from Newcastle.

They are taking on the challenge of creating an epic Border Ballad - a folk tradition shared by Northumbria and the South of Scotland.

You can watch Kathryn's first report below.

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