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Jedburgh remembers local men who served in WW1

Jedburgh Castle Jail is currently hosting an exhibition looking at the local men who served in World War I and the impact on their lives.

The exhibition includes photographs supplied by the Jedforest Historical Society, such as a picture of volunteers leaving Jedburgh Station in 1914 to go to serve in the war.

Also on show are reproductions of recruitment posters, which aim to show the pressure on men to volunteer before conscription was introduced in 1916.

Life at the front line is illustrated through objects, many of which are on loan from the Jedburgh branch of the Royal British Legion.

These include brass shell ends made into containers by soldiers in the trenches, a soldier’s water bottle and an officer’s knife and fork, as well as postcards sent to loved ones at home.

The exhibition runs until Sunday, 2 November.


Take a trip back to 1575

Common Ridings season is drawing to a close in the Scottish Borders - and today (July 11) it was Jedburgh's turn.

The event draws riders and crowds alike from across the Borders, and marks the historical battles between the Scottish and the English that took place hundreds of years ago.

Now, however, the event is more of a social affair as Jenny Longden reports.

'Jethart's here!': Jack Fraser is leading the cavalcade

This year's Callant is Jack Fraser Credit: ITV News Border

This year's Jethart Callants Festival is underway.

The annual ride mimics the riding of the boundaries to fend off unwanted visitors, and has been held in the town since 1947.

'Jethart's here!': The cavalcade is on it's way through the town Credit: ITV News Border

Jack Fraser is the third person in his family to have the honour of being the Callant.

He will take the flag and exclaim 'Jethart's here', before leading the cavalcade through the town.

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for the event Credit: ITV News Border

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for the event, which is part of the Borders Common Ridings season.

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£250,000 of roadworks to A68 in Jedburgh

£250,000 of resurfacing works are to be carried out on the A68 in Jedburgh.

The work will be carried out on a 1.4km stretch of road between Bongate and Jedforest rugby ground.

The investment by Transport Scotland will see upgrades made to the road.

Work will being on Sunday, 13 July, with a convoy traffic management system in place between 8pm and 6am each night and from 8am and 5pm each day.

It's hoped the work will be finished by Monday 28 July.

“This section of the A68 is used by around 7,000 vehicles every day and now requires maintenance. These works have been planned to minimise disruption to local residents and businesses.

“Some disruption is expected and we encourage people travelling to check the Traffic Scotland website for the latest travel information. We would like to thank the local community in advance for their patience during these essential works.”

– Ian Stewart, BEAR Scotland

Crowds gather for Jethart Callants Festival

People are already lining the streets of Jeburgh Credit: ITV News Border

Crowds are beginning to line the street of Jedburgh for the annual Jethart Callants Festival.

The event is part of the Border's Common Riding season.

The event mimics the riding of the boundaries to fend off unwanted English visitors Credit: ITV News Border

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Jedburgh and Selkirk sheriff courts could be saved

A study that recommended the sheriff courts in Jedburgh and Selkirk be allowed to remain open has been approved by the Scottish Court Service Board.

The feasibility report concluded the best way to keep an integrated justice service in the Borders would be to keep the courts in the two towns, which have up until now been threatened with closure.

The study will be considered by the Scottish Borders Council at its meeting later this week.

“I welcome the feasibility study conclusions, reached after extensive dialogue with a wide range of justice organisations on future justice services in the Scottish Borders. I am confident this gives us a solid platform to deliver the best services for the people of the Scottish Borders.

“The feasibility study shows that while it is right we test the concept of justice centres it equally important it is that we tailor approaches that are right for local communities, and we will continue with this approach as we consider Justice Centres in other locations”

– Eric McQueen, Scottish Court Service Chief Executive

Jedburgh's Riverside Park will be rocking this weekend

Around 2,000 people are expected at the first Riverside Rock festival, in Jedburgh this weekend.

80's band Big Country are the headline act on Saturday 21 June. Bands from the Borders and further afield will also play at the Riverside Rugby Park. Organisers hope the festival won't be a one-off.

"Well our plan is if it goes down well and is supported well by the local area we are hoping we can maybe build on it and run it next year or biannually."

– Allan Fraser, Organiser
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16 & 17-year-old voters in Jedburgh debate independence

16 and 17-year-olds are voting for the first time in September, but some still think of young people as apathetic and ill-informed about politics. Yet new research from the University of Edinburgh suggests the referendum is challenging that stereotype.

Joe Pike has been to Jedburgh where enthusiasm for debate is growing:

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