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St Ronan's Games Parade in Innerleithen

Innerleithen's St Ronan's Day Parade begins at 11am today (Sunday 10th July), as the St. Ronan's Silver Band leads a parade along the High Street and on to the Parish Church for a special service.

The Games have been going since 1827 and are the oldest organised sports meeting in Scotland.

It's now part of a ten-day festival that incorporates many events for every age group.

Central to the festivities are the Cleikum Ceremonies when the town's association with its Patron Saint, St. Ronan, is celebrated.


Man hospitalised after Innerleithen assault

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: ITV Border

A 53-year-old man has been left with injuries requiring hospital treatment, after a serious assault in Innerleithen.

The incident happened on Friday 20 May, at around 10:20pm, in or around Buccleuch Street.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them by calling 101.

They've moved to reassure concerned local residents.

This was an unprovoked attack on a man walking home from a night out in a local public house.

Although understandably distressing for the victim, incidents like this are very rare in Innerleithen and I'd like to reassure the community that we are doing everything we can to trace this individual.

– PC Kevin Downs from Galashiels Police Station


Paul McGuigan: inquest to deliver verdict

Paul McGuigan

An inquest into the death of a security contractor, who was shot by a colleague in Iraq, is due to be delivered in Stockport today.

Paul McGuigan was killed in 2009 along with fellow security guard Darren Hoare.

In 2011, 31-year-old Danny Fitzsimons, from Manchester, was sentenced to 20 years in an Iraqi prison, for the two murders.

Paul's mother Corrine is from Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders.

The Mighty Deerstalker race

Ten years ago an adventure events company was given a brief of showcasing all that the Borders has to offer to a greater number of tourists.

They came up with The Mighty Deerstalker - an obstacle race, run over rough terrain, up and down hills, and through rivers.

300 people came to the first run - a decade on there were around 3000 taking part. Fiona Marley Paterson was among them.

Inquest into death of security contractor begins

Paul McGuigan and his mother Corrine Boyd-Russell Credit: ITV Border

An inquest into the death of a security contractor who was shot by a colleague in Iraq has begun.

Paul McGuigan, whose mother Corrine is from Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders, was killed in 2009.

Dan Fitzsimons is currently serving a 20-year jail sentence in Iraq for the deaths of Paul McGuigan and Darren Hoare.

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