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Date set for inquiry into Jim Clark Rally deaths

Police at the scene of the incident at the 2014 Jim Clark Rally. Credit: PA

A date has been set for a fatal accident inquiry into the deaths of three people at the Jim Clark Rally in the Scottish Borders.

The joint inquiry will also look into the death of another person at the Snowman Rally in Inverness.

  • A preliminary hearing has been fixed for 7 February at Edinburgh Sheriff Court
  • The Inquiry is due to begin on 17 July in Edinburgh

The 2017 Jim Clark Rally has already been cancelled, because the Motor Sports Association has refused to grant a license for the event.

They say it would be inappropriate given the on-going enquiry into deaths at the 2014 rally.

Jim Clark cancellation blow for Kelso businesses

The Chairman of the Scottish Rally Championship has said that the cancellation of the Jim Clark Rally will have a significant impact on businesses in Kelso.

The rally, which was due to run on Sunday 4th June, provides a major boost to local businesses in the hospitality sector.

However, organisers made the decision to cancel the event due to insufficient entries.

Championship chairman Dave Robson said every effort was made to assist organisers with making sure the event would run, but that offers of financial help were declined.

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Jim Clark Rally spectator safety warning

The organisers of this year's Jim Clark Rally have had a struggle to put together an event just 12 months on from the tragic accident in 2014.

At one point it looked like they would have to cancel the rally completely due to the amount of work required to change it from a closed tarmac event to a forestry event.

However, they've managed to put together the rally which has attracted 80 teams and thousands of spectators are expected to watch on Sunday.

The spectators going into the forests are being asked to adhere to the instructions given by organisers and safety marshals.

If we find any spectators ignoring these instructions and putting themselves or others in danger then we do have the right to cancel the stage. We want everyone to go out and have a fun day at the rally, but most importantly a safe day.

– Graeme Provest, Deputy Clerk of the Course
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