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Annan Pipe Band declared Champion of Champions

The band also won the Best Drum Corps Prize Credit: Royal Burgh of Annan Pipe Band

The Royal Burgh of Annan Pipe Band have been declared Champion of Champions 2017 in Grade 3B. The band took part in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow Green on Saturday 12 August.

The band also won the Best Drum Corps Prize. This follows coming first place in the 2017 British and Scottish Championships in May and July.

Police appeal for missing Berwick woman

Katie Grout Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 23-year-old Berwick woman.

Katie Grout from Goldstone in the town left her home at approximately 7am on Thursday, October 8.

She is described as white, 5 feet 5" tall, very slim build, with shoulder length brown hair with a small scar under her chin.

She was wearing black and white checked trousers, black long sleeved top and grey boots.

Katie left home driving her silver Vauxhall Corsa car registration DY61 HJJ.
She was spotted near Harthill Service Station on the M8 and is believed to be travelling to Glasgow.

Police are concerned for her welfare and are carrying out enquiries to locate Katie.

Officers are appealing for Katie to make contact with them, or anyone who recognises her to call police straightaway.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.


Sturgeon: 'I will be my own person'

Nicola Sturgeon has stood down as deputy leader of the SNP as she bids to become the new leader of the party.

The press conference is taking place at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Commonwealth games 'could be best ever'

This summer's Commonwealth Games could be the "best ever", according to a final progress report on the build-up to the event.

A dance troupe at one of the promotional events for the games Credit: ITV News

The assembly of a 15,000-strong volunteer force, the progress of the Queen's Baton Relay and a long list of sponsors were praised by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in its last review of planning for the Games.

Organisers, police and Government ministers met with the CGF in Glasgow this week to outline final preparations.


Commonwealth Games 'clyde-siders' begin training

Thousands of staff and volunteers are beginning training for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

15,000 'clyde-siders' including many from Cumbria and Southern Scotland are volunteering at the Games.

The first step of their training begins over this weekend at one of Scotland's biggest mass orientation events and they will also get a first glimpse of their uniforms at the Emirates Arena.

Virgin cuts prices of Carlisle to Glasgow route

Virgin Trains are introducing a new, lower fair for their Carlisle to Glasgow route Credit: PA

Virgin Trains have announced that they are cutting the prices of their Carlisle to Glasgow route over the Christmas period.

An off-peak return fair will now cost £16, a 30% discount off the price of a standard off-peak day return to the Scottish city.

First class off-peak tickets will now be £36.

The 'shopper' tickets are available at train stations after 9am from 9 December to 12 January.

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