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Hawick businesses plan to halt High Street's decline

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Businesses in Hawick will be meeting in the coming weeks to decide how to halt the decline of the town's High Street.

A group called 'Future Hawick' was set up last October and has now been given £30,000 from Scottish Borders Council to fund improvements.

Local businesses will be looking at the best way to spend the money.

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Supporters travel far for Hawick RFC

Craig with his wife and daughter with the Cup in 2002 Credit: ITV Border

A man who played for Hawick RFC when they won the 2002 BT Cup Final has flown in from New Zealand for a surprise visit to see them try and repeat the feat 13 years later.

Craig Dunlea flew 12,000 miles from Christchurch to Hawick specially to watch his team in this weekend's match.

He told ITV Border he couldn't miss his rugby team's big moment and can't wait for the final.

Twenty buses are expected to head up to Murryfield from the town, full of supporters cheering their boys on.

Scotland and British and Irish Lions' fullback Stuart Hogg is also expected to be in attendance to back his home town club.

Reivers festival gets underway

Hundreds of people are expected at the two-day Border Reivers festival in Hawick this weekend.

The event celebrates the myths and dramas of the area in the 16th and 17th centuries when the notorious Reivers were active.

Feuding families of Reivers often conducted raids across the border to England to steal cattle and many were hanged by the authorities.

The festival features drama, song, poetry and re-enactments to show what life was like in those turbulent times 400 years ago.

There will also be a torchlight procession through the town this evening.

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Borders folk guitarist dies

John Renbourn Credit: Dave Smith

Borders based folk guitarist John Renbourn has died aged seventy.

Renbourn teamed up with fellow guitarist Bert Jansch to form influential folk band Pentangle in the late 1960s before going on to enjoy a successful solo recording and performing career.

The musician was found at his Hawick home on Thursday after a suspected heart attack.

He's survived by two sons and a daughter.

A bit of a buzz in Hawick

The bee artwork in Wilton Lodge Park Credit: ITV Border

Bee artwork made from recycled materials has been unveiled at Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick, to mark the start of a festival celebrating the insect.

The Year of the Bee will include events aimed at creating a welcoming habitat for bees and recording their numbers.

Bumblebees are under threat in the UK, due to changes in the countryside.

Suspicious fire in Hawick

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after a suspicious fire in Hamilton Road, Hawick.

A shed attached to kennels housing racing greyhounds was set on fire at around 7pm, on Sunday March 8.

The shed was destroyed, but the dogs were unharmed.

"This was a deliberate attempt to cause significant damage and which could have resulted in serious injury to the animals.

"We are keen to hear from anyone with information that can help us trace those responsible."

– Chief Inspector John Scott
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