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Historic Galashiels statue damaged

Damage to the statue Credit: ITV News

An historic statue in Galashiels has been badly damaged after being hit by a van.

The 147-year-old Mercat Cross was struck by a vehicle at around 7.25am on Wednesday 12th March. No other vehicles were involved.

Police Scotland say an investigation will take place.

The cross, which plays a major part in the annual Braw Lad festival in Galashiels, is now fenced off for safety.

The historic Mercat Cross Credit: ITV News

Top marks for Borders school's kitchen

Now what's your memories of school dinners? Cabbage and overcooked meat? Soggy semolina? Or perhaps you avoided them completely and just took a packed lunch?

Well it seems that the children at one of our primary schools just can't get enough of their school meals and the three dinner ladies who cook for them.

In fact, Burgh Primary School's kitchen has just come top of the class in the Borders.

Matthew Taylor reports.

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30 years of Borders children's' chess championship

Now you might think that children these days wouldn't be interested in the age old game of chess.

But in the Scottish Borders they've been promoting a chess championship between primary schools for many years.

In fact this year was the 30th time they've run the competition.

Our reporter Matthew Taylor went along and found himself involved in a very short game against an International chess master.

Road closures in Galashiels

Diversions are in place while roadworks are ongoing Credit: Scottish Borders Council

Road closures are to be expected in Galashiels for the next month.

Re-surfacing is taking place throughout March as part of a Scottish Borders Council development programme.

The work is to be carried out on Anderson Chambers and Cornmill Square between Sunday 9 and Sunday 23 March.

The works are part of the long-term aim to improve the environment of the town centre for local residents, shoppers and businesses.

The nature of the re-surfacing means road closures are necessary.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, SBC’s Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, said: "The major infrastructure improvements are nearing completion with the work currently being undertaken at Cornmill Square and the High Street."

He continued: "This work has focused on improvements to footways, parking, loading bays and the creation of a new civic space. However, the opportunity is being taken to properly rectify the road surface problems in these areas at the same time."

For more information about road closures in Galashiels you can visit the Scottish Borders Council website.

Chess championship held for Borders' children

Dozens of school children have been taking part in a chess championship in the Borders.

72 youngsters battled it out in the competition between local primary schools. It was the 30th anniversary of the event in Galashiels.

The games were played under the watchful eye of Scotland's First International Master, Craig Pritchett.

He says chess can still grip youngsters despite the lure of computer games and the internet.

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Commonwealth legacy for Borders

The Commonwealth Games Minister has been in the Scottish Borders today checking out new sports facilities designed to provide a lasting sporting legacy to this summer's Commonwealth Games.

Shona Robison was in Galashiels this morning - where youngsters were taking part in community programmes funded by the Active Places Fund, and Lottery money. Ryan Dollard reports.

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