Borders MSP John Lamont is raising awareness for breast cancer by taking part in 'wear it pink' day.
The event is organised by the Breast Cancer Campaign and is encouraging people to wear an item of pink clothing on 25th October and donate £2 to charity.
The campaign has raised £23 million over the last ten years, with all of the money going towards finding a cure for breast cancer.
John Lamont said:
“This year thousands of people from across Scotland will come together in schools, colleges and businesses to show their support for this campaign. By simply wearing an item of pink clothing and donating £2 you can do your bit to help in the fight against breast cancer.
“Every year around 4,400 people in Scotland are diagnosed with breast cancer, with around 1,000 dying from the disease.
"The work done by the Breast Cancer Campaign will help to fund research that can improve this survival rate and hopefully find a cure.
“That is why I was delighted to dress up and do my bit for them. When this disease harms the lives of individuals and families throughout Scotland and I feel that it is only right that we do our bit in the Borders to help.”
Borders MSP John Lamont is backing calls for the Great Tapestry of Scotland to be permanently housed in Hawick.
The Tapestry tells the story of Scotland from pre-historic to modern day times.
The artwork, which is a record-breaking 143 metres long, was created by hundreds of volunteer stitchers from across the Borders and the rest of Scotland.
It is on display in the Scottish Parliament and some of the local stitchers are asking for it to be housed in Hawick, due to its strong links to the textiles industry.
John Lamont said:
“The Great Tapestry of Scotland is a truly unique piece work that tells the story of Scotland from its very beginning to the present day.
"To stitch a tapestry that is 143 metres long must have taken a lot of effort, and I know that volunteers from the Borders and around Scotland contributed to making it.
“Despite only being on display in the Scottish Parliament for a few days it has already been seen by hundreds of visitors who want a glimpse of this record-breaking piece of art.
"However, after it has toured around Scotland and abroad Creative Scotland will be looking for a permanent home for it.
“With Hawick’s unique history and links to the textiles industry, I can think of no better place for it to be homed. That is why I am backing calls for the tapestry to be moved there once it has finished touring Scotland.
“Not only would this be a fitting place for it to be displayed, it would also provide a welcome tourist boost for the town as people would undoubtedly travel to come and visit it.
The MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, John Lamont, has called for repairs to the A708 to be prioritised.
A large section of the road between Moffat and Selkirk, near to Grey Mare's Tail, collapsed after heavy rainfall yesterday (15th April).
The road is a major route between the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, and its closure leaves many drivers with a lengthy diversion along the A72 and A701.
Dumfries & Galloway Council estimate that the repairs to the road will take between five and seven days.
Mr Lamont has called for all measures to be taken to reopen the road as soon as possible:
“The A708 is a vital route for many motorists in the Borders as it is a key route between the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.
"While I am glad that the road was shut before any serious accidents occurred at the site, it is important that every measure is taken to repair the damage as soon as possible.
“The diversion set up by police will add an extra 20 miles to the journey, and will mean those traveling along it will have to set off significantly earlier to make their destination on time.
"This will be a huge inconvenience and it is important that the level of disruption is minimised.
"“I am glad that the council has managed to get equipment in place swiftly to start the repairs, but I know that the many motorists who frequently use this route will be keen to see it repaired sooner rather than later.”
– John Lamont MSP, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire