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Gala pop-up shop opens in aid of Rowan Boland Trust

Rowan Boland Credit: Boland family

A charity pop-up shop in Galashiels is raising money to help young sports stars in the Scottish Borders.

The Rowan Boland Memorial Trust was set up after 9-year-old Rowan Boland died suddenly at Gala Cricket Club in 2010. The young sport enthusiast had an underlying heart condition.

Pop-up shop in Gala Credit: ITV Border

His family now focus on helping young people from the Borders to realise their dreams.

Patrons of the charity include Scotland rugby stars Greig Laidlaw and Stuart Hogg, and Grand National winner Ryan Mania.

Dave Boland explains more about his hopes for the charity:

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Woman, 85, seriously injured in Galashiels robbery

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Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses after an 85-year-old woman was assaulted and robbed in Galashiels.

It happened around midday on Saturday on Croft Street near to Greenbank Street.

The woman is in hospital with serious injuries.

Police say the suspect was male and was wearing a dark grey hooded top with the hood up. He ran down Greenbank Street in the direction of the Croft Street flats carrying the beige handbag.

Officers are asking anyone who witnessed the robbery to come forward.

They are particularly keen to speak to a man who ran after the suspect through the passage towards Greenbank Street.

This robbery has left an elderly lady with serious injuries and we are keen to speak to anyone who saw the robbery or any suspicious behaviour in the area around 12 noon.

Similarly we would like to hear from anyone who can help us trace the suspect who we believe to be local to the area.

– Detective Inspector Paul Batten

MP in tapestry plea

Artist's impression of new centre for Great Tapestry of Scotland Credit: ITV Border

An MP has written to the Scottish Government demanding that the Great Tapestry of Scotland is given a permanent home in Galashiels town centre.

Callum Kerr - who represents Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk - says that putting it in Galashiels would help to revitalised the town.

“It’s clear that the presence of such a remarkable attraction in the heart of Galashiels could be transformative for the town centre, which is still struggling to recover from long term economic challenges in the retail sector.

“Although the greenfield site at Tweedbank may appear to be the more straight-forward option, I don’t think it offers comparable economic benefits. On the other hand, a site in the heart of Galashiels could kick off a new phase of town centre regeneration.”

– MP Callum Kerr

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Galashiels woman six times over alcohol limit

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A woman from Galashiels has admitted to driving whilst being almost six times over the legal alcohol limit.

Martha Eckle, 38, pleaded guilty at Jedburgh Sheriff Court to driving on the Melrose by-pass and in Coldingham on July 28th with a breath/alcohol count of 124 microgrammes. The legal limit is 22.

She was given a 16 month disqualification, reduced from 24 months, due to a guilty plea.

Sheriff Peter Paterson also placed her on supervision for two years.

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