Scottish snowdrop festival gets underway

People are being urged to get out and enjoy the regions snowdrops as the annual Scottish snowdrop festival gets underway across the country.

Peebles celebrates creative status

The creative community in Peebles are celebrating after coming top in a competition to find Scotland's most creative places.

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Beyond Borders: Art and literature at Traquair

A festival that 'travels beyond borders' is taking place in one of Scotland's oldest homes this weekend.

Traquair House in Peebleshire is hosting art exhibitions, a film festival, lectures, dialogues, literary walks, cycle rides talks and debates during the two-day Beyond Borders festival.

Among those featuring at the festival are war photographer Paul Conroy and Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma.

Scotland's place in the world and international conflicts are among the topics to be discussed.

St Ronan's Games: Kirkin' Cermony

The 187th St Ronan's Games week got underway today with the Kirkin' Ceremony at Innerleithen Church.

The Cleikum Ceremonies, which began in 1901, remember St Ronan, who folklore has it brought Christianity to the region.

School children were involved by dressing up in costume during a parade, led by St Ronan's Brass Band.

St Ronan's Band play on Innerleithen High Street Credit: ITV Border
Principals and children at the ceremony Credit: ITV Border
Alexander Paterson, this year's Dux, represents St. Ronan Credit: ITV Border
School children in costume Credit: ITV Border

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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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Spring is near as snowdrops blossom

They're heralded as the start of spring, and despite the weather, snowdrops are appearing in verges and gardens all over the region.

This year, they're the subject of a special Snowdrop Festival.

Five gardens in Dumfries and Galloway are taking part, and our reporter Fiona McIlwraith went to Logan Botanic Garden on the south west tip of Scotland to find out more.

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