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Borders artwork explores Scottish identity

The Debatable Land by Peter Sacks Credit: ITV Border

Artwork depicting images of the First Minister of Scotland, Britain's Prime Minister, Westminster and Holyrood has gone on display at Traquair House in Peebleshire.

'The Debatable Land' is a collage featuring poems, quotes and pictures relevant to the history of Scotland.

The artwork is by former poet and Harvard Professor Peter Sacks.

Alex Salmond and David Cameron feature in the artwork Credit: ITV Border
Quotes, excerpts and material from Traquair House feature Credit: ITV Border

Scotland's oldest home hosts international discussion

Scotland’s oldest inhabited house is a gathering place for world cultures to meet, talk and exchange ideas on the most pressing issues of our time, through discussion, art and film this weekend.

Traquair House is hosting speakers from around the world, who are discussing current international conflicts in Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine among others.

Observers and peacemakers will be discussing how Scotland can be a greater force for good in the world.

Expert voices with experience of global conflict zones, from BBC correspondent Alan Little to the former UN High Commissioner Sir Kieran Prendergast, are taking part.

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Beyond Borders: Art and literature at Traquair

A festival that 'travels beyond borders' is taking place in one of Scotland's oldest homes this weekend.

Traquair House in Peebleshire is hosting art exhibitions, a film festival, lectures, dialogues, literary walks, cycle rides talks and debates during the two-day Beyond Borders festival.

Among those featuring at the festival are war photographer Paul Conroy and Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma.

Scotland's place in the world and international conflicts are among the topics to be discussed.

St Ronan's Games: Kirkin' Cermony

The 187th St Ronan's Games week got underway today with the Kirkin' Ceremony at Innerleithen Church.

The Cleikum Ceremonies, which began in 1901, remember St Ronan, who folklore has it brought Christianity to the region.

School children were involved by dressing up in costume during a parade, led by St Ronan's Brass Band.

St Ronan's Band play on Innerleithen High Street Credit: ITV Border
Principals and children at the ceremony Credit: ITV Border
Alexander Paterson, this year's Dux, represents St. Ronan Credit: ITV Border
School children in costume Credit: ITV Border

St Ronan's Games service at Innerleithen

People gather outside Innerleithen Church Credit: ITV

A service is being held at Innerleithen Church as part of St Ronan's Games Week.

The 150-year festival is thought to include the biggest games anywhere in Scotland.

The St Ronan's Standard Bearer and Lass are joined by principals from other Border towns at the service.

Local children were among those following St Ronan's Brass Band through the town's High Street this morning.

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Tweed Valley puts runners to the test

Thousands of people battled the Tweed Valley at weekend in the “The Mighty Deerstalker” event.

It's the toughest off road run in the UK and is run by adventure sports company Rat Race.

3,500 people took part in “The Mighty Deerstalker" challenge at Traquair House Credit: Andy McCandlish

It features a mixture of steep ascents, water crossings, forest trails and various natural and man-made obstacles including “The Rack”, “The Scree” and “The Tunnel”.

It's the 8th year the competition has taken place Credit: Andy McCandlish

People can chose to take part either as an individual or as a team. They can then choose between the 5K Deerstalker or the 10K Mighty Deerstalker course.

It's run by adventure sports company, Rat Race Credit: Andy McCandlish
Competitors dress up in tweed when they take part Credit: Andy McCandlish
The 10K Mighty Deerstalker race sees competitors finish the race in the dark Credit: Andy McCandlish

Thousands run in gruelling Innerleithen race

More than 3,000 people battled the Tweed Valley at weekend in the “The Mighty Deerstalker” event.

Run by Rat Race, an adventure sports company, it's toughest off road run in the UK.

The event, which is now in it's 8th year, starts and finishes at the historic Traquair House, Innerleithen.

It features a mixture of steep ascents, water crossings, forest trails and various natural and man-made obstacles including “The Rack”, “The Scree” and “The Tunnel”.

People can chose to take part either as an individual or as a team. They can then choose between the 5K Deerstalker or the 10K Mighty Deerstalker course.

“The Mighty Deerstalker is one of our toughest events as competitors not only have to deal with a gruelling course, but they must do so in complete darkness. There was also a fantastic atmosphere on the run as competitors were dressed in tartan and tweed”.

– Jim Mee, creator of the Mighty Deerstalker

Hundreds of affordable homes for the Borders

The Scottish Housing Minister has announced plans for 200 affordable homes in the Scottish Borders.

Margaret Burgess made the announcement during a trip to a housing development in Innerleithen. The James Hogg Court development will be used as a pilot for the new housing scheme.

Jenny Longden reports

200 new homes for Scottish Borders

200 new affordable homes will be built in the Scottish Borders.

The Scottish Housing Minister Margaret Burgess made the announcement during a visit to a new housing development in Innerleithen.

The homes will be delivered by the Scottish Government and Scottish Borders Council.

Mrs Burgess also officially opened the 24 home development at James Hogg Court in Innerleithen, delivered by Tweed Homes through the Scottish Government's National Housing Initiative.

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