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Mountain Rescue hero awarded for service

A member of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team has been awarded for his years of dedicated service.

Ken McCubbin has been saving people lost in the Galloway Hills for nearly 40 years.

He even helped with the rescue effort at the Lockerbie Air Disaster in 1988.

He was presented with a Distinguished Service Award from the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland at a ceremony in Aviemore.

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Walkers rescued on the Merrick

Two experienced hill walkers have been rescued by the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team.

The 30-year-old man and 27-year-old woman, both visiting the area, were descending the Merrick last night, 27 January, when they became disorientated by poor weather conditions.

They called the police and asked for the mountain rescue team, who were then able to locate them using GPS co-ordinated on their smartphone.

A three-man rescue team and Land Rover were sent from Newton Stewart to respond to the call.

Full report: Mountain rescue workers prepare for mammoth cycle challenge

Members of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team are going to spend 12 days cycling to the most southerly, westerly, northerly and easterly points of mainland Scotland.

Over 1,100 miles will be clocked up in the process and the volunteers will be raising money for the team's running costs and for a children's cancer charity.

Andy Burn reports:

All points lead to mountain rescue cash appeal

Three members of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team are taking on a 12-day cycle challenge to raise money for their service.

The mammoth challenge will see them reach the four compass point extremities of the Scottish mainland.

They are hoping to raise a tenth (£2,500) of their annual running costs (£25,000).

The challenge starts on Saturday (6th July) from their rescue base in Newton Stewart.

The cyclists then head for the most southerly, westerly, northerly and easterly points before returning to Galloway.

"David Tyson, Ken Mackenzie and myself, are keen cyclists and have undertaken a number of challenges in the past. This is however our most significant to date.

"Many fund raisers cycle from Lands End to John O' Groats, a distance of around 840 miles, however the route we will take is an additional 160 miles. A total of 1100 miles.

"The majority of the money raised will go to the team funds to pay for equipment, training, vehicle running costs and building maintenance.

"A proportion will also be donated to CLIC Sargent, the Children's Cancer Support Charity."

– Team Chairman Derek Hamilton

You can sponsor the cyclists here.