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Materials supplied for Resilient Communities

Materials have been supplied as part of the new, volunteer-led scheme launching in Langlee to deal with major incidents in the area.

Resilient Communities is run by Scottish Borders Council and is designed to equip people to help each other in the event of severe snow, flooding or fire.

Langlee is expected to benefit as there are many areas where mechanical snow gritters cannot reach.

Around 50 volunteers have already signed up.

Volunteers in Langlee sign up to Resilient Communities

About 50 volunteers in Langlee have signed up to Resilient Communities Credit: ITV Border

Dozens of volunteers in Langlee, Galashiels, have signed up to a scheme to better prepare the area for major incidents.

Resilient Communities is run by Scottish Borders Council and is designed to equip people to help each other in the event of severe snow, flooding or fire.

Other smaller towns and villages in the Borders are already part of the scheme, but Langlee is the first area of one of the big six towns to take part

About 50 people have already signed up.


Gala Fairydean Rovers call for memorabilia

Memorabilia was destroyed in the blaze Credit: ITV Border

People with memorabilia of Gala Fairydean Rovers Football Club are being asked to share photographs or items with the club.

A fire destroyed the kit room where photographs from as far back as the 1920's were kept, along with trophies.

The club would like anyone with items to contact them directly.

Gala Fairydean Rovers memorabilia destroyed in blaze

Club memorabilia was destroyed in the fire Credit: ITV Border

Photographs dating back to the 1920's and trophies are among memorabilia destroyed in a fire at a clubhouse at Netherdale in Galashiels.

The club room belonging to Gala Fairydean Football Club went up in flames in the early hours of this morning (23rd December).

Police Scotland are investigating the fire.

Honorary President Jim Gray says the club are devastated.

There was a brand new kitchen fitted, there was merchandising kit in the place, there was tables, chairs, a TV, which all can be replaced, but the memorabilia that was in the hospitality suite dated from the 1920's to present day. We have lost trophies, pennants we have been given from other clubs, memorabilia when Glasgow Rangers came down here to open the floodlights, the lot is lost.

– Jim Gray, Gala Fairydean Rovers
Inside the club house Credit: ITV Border
Police Scotland are investigating the fire Credit: ITV Border


Grand National winner Ryan Mania to retire immediately

The jockey Ryan Mania has announced his retirement with immediate effect, because of weight struggles.

The town of Galashiels welcomed him home after winning the Grand National Credit: PA

The 25-year-old from Galashiels in the Scottish Borders said he had been struggling for some time to keep his weight down below the accepted limit for races.

It is only eighteen months since he won the Grand National steeplechase on Aurora's Encore.

Van man attacked in Galashiels

A 56-year-old man has been attacked in Galashiels.

According to police around 1pm on 10th November the victim, a mail delivery driver, was standing next to his van parked on St John Street. He was approached by a man who demanded he hand over the keys to the van and when the victim refused he was assaulted to the face. The suspect then ran off.

The suspect is described as:

  • White
  • Between 25 to 35-years-old
  • Shoulder length straggly, dirty looking hair with stubble on his face
  • Wearing a white hooded top, blue jeans and black trainers and smelling of alcohol.

Police are now appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact Police Scotland immediately.

MP welcomes new Borders rail tracks

The Borders Railway rail installation team in action as the rails cross into the Scottish Borders Credit: Borders Railway

Borders MP Michael Moore welcomed news last week that the first rails tracks were laid in the Borders for the new Borders railway.

The rails were laid at Cakemuir Burn on Wednesday 5th November as part of the 30 mile Edinburgh to Galashiels route. The railway is due to open in September 2015.

Read: Track enters Borders for first time in 45 years

“I have campaigned for many years to bring the railway back to the Borders so it’s great to hear that the first tracks were laid in the Borders last week.

I will continue to work closely with the Council and Network Rail to ensure the Borders gets the best service possible on the railway and that it delivers tangible benefits to our economy and the tourism trade.”

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