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Common Riding trots off in Hawick

Hawick's annual Common Riding in 2015 Credit: ITV Border

Hundreds of horses and riders, suited and booted, will ride through the streets of Hawick today for the annual Common Riding.

The earliest risers set off at 6.00am this morning to make the most of the 13th century tradition.

Common Ridings take place across the South of Scotland throughout the summer months.

Hawick councillor criticises cut proposals

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The Local Government Boundary Commission's recommendations to Scottish Ministers, is to cut the number of councillors in the Scottish Borders from 34 to 32.

Hawick Councillor, Watson McAteer, says cutting representation in Hawick at a time when the town's dealing with the aftermath of flooding and bus cuts, is wrong:

The net outcome here is that six Hawick councillors are being reduced to four. It's at a time when we've got job losses, we've got huge issues with flooding and the work that needs to be done. And now we're hearing about cuts to our bus services.

Hawick needs more representations, not less. So I do hope that the Scottish government return and reject this proposal from the boundary commission and leave the status quo.

– Councillor Watson McAteer, Hawick and Denholm


New head trauma centre opens in Borders

Heads Together in Hawick Credit: ITV Border

A new centre specialising in dealing with traumatic head injuries has opened in the Scottish Borders.

Heads Together, which is specifically for those with brain injuries, has moved from their former premises in Galashiels to their new centre in Hawick.

The charity helps people who've suffered from the likes of a stroke or an industrial accident, by providing company and support for those struggling with every day tasks.

Opening of the new centre Credit: ITV Border

The Chairman of Heads Together, Steve Turnbull, was diagnosed with a brain tumour six years ago and has suffered several strokes since.

He helped to set up Heads Together three years ago.

"It's been hard I mean I nearly gave in. I don't think I would be alive now if it wasn't for the charity I really don't. It's kept us going, it's given us a focus and I've moved on.

"To start with, everyone goes through a feeling sorry for yourself stage and I did that and I decided I was wanting to fight back."

– Steve Turnbull, Chairman, Heads Together

One man who says the centre has been a lifeline for him is Joe Devlin, who sustained a brain injury from a quad bike accident.

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