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Dumfries and Galloway munitions museum receives funding boost

A tourist attraction in Dumfries and Galloway has been awarded almost £160,000 for their new museum which will open later this year.

The Devil's Porridge Museum in Eastriggs tells the story of munitions workers in the area during WWI.

The money, from the Coastal Community Fund, will go towards the running costs of the new exhibition centre, interactive displays and funding full time staff.

It's hoped the the state of the art centre will attract 12-15,000 visitors per year and support another 13 tourism jobs in the region.

New museum in Eastriggs Credit: ITV News

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Funding for munitions museum in Dumfries and Galloway

The Devil's Porridge Museum tells the story of munition workers in WWI.

The towns of Eastriggs and Gretna were built to house the 30,000 men and women who worked at HM Factory Gretna producing Cordite propellant.

The museum gets its name from the nickname of Cordite, coined by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

"We're hoping that we're going to have interactive displays that the will who will come along will love, the children will have a trail to follow, they'll be inspired by it.

I think it's important that we tell future generations about our heritage."

– Richard Brodie, Trust Chairman

Major funding boost for Citizens Advice Service

The Citizens Advice Service in Dumfries and Galloway has won a grant of £215,939.

The funding, awarded by the Big Lottery, is aimed at helping local people cope with the impact of the government's welfare cuts.

The money will be put towards developing more expert advice across the region over the next 18 months.

AnnaN, Upper Nithsdale, North West Dumfries and Stranraer West are the four areas that have been identified as having particularly bad problems.

These areas will be offered a home-visiting advice service to vulnerable clients, and four advisers will be employed to work with local support agencies to prevent people falling below the poverty line.

"The biggest priority of our service over the last few years has been to help those people who have been hurt economically by the double whammy of the recession and welfare cuts.

"The fact we have been awarded this money is a sign of how bleak things are for many people locally, and also of how D&G CAS has demonstrated that we are able to help them.

"The government says the most vulnerable people are being protected from their welfare changes, but that's not the reality that we see.

"There are many families who are struggling every day and facing real poverty."

– Sue Irving, Chief Executive, D&G CAS

Full report: New funding agreement for Harraby

A new primary school, sports facilities and a community centre look set to be built in one of Carlisle's most deprived areas.

The plan moved a major step forward today with a deal formally agreed between the city and county councils.

More than £12 million will be spent transforming the former North Cumbria Technology College site in the Harraby area of the city.

Tim Backshall reports:

Historic deal is a "positive change" says councillor

A new primary school, sports facilities and a community centre look set to be built in one of Carlisle's most deprived areas.

The plan moved a major step forward today with an historic deal agreed between the city and county councils.

More than £12 million will be spent to transform the former North Cumbria Technology College site in the Harraby area of the city.

The city council's acting leader, Colin Glover, attended school there:

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