A new art gallery in Kirkcudbright has moved a step closer after the Heritage Lottery Fund earmarked more than £900,000 for the project.
Dumfries and Galloway Council plans to transform Kircudbright Town Hall into a contemporary art gallery showcasing and celebrating local and nationally significant pieces of art.
The council says the Heritage Lottery Fund cash is a "major contribution" towards making the plan a reality.
“Building the local economy is the number one priority for our Council. Given the growth of cultural tourism, the Kirkcudbright Art Gallery project offers our region significant, long-term and sustainable economic impact.
"This award from the Heritage Lottery Fund is very exciting as it will enable us to develop a fabulous facility for the people of Dumfries and Galloway and for visitors to our region.”
"HLF is delighted to support this transformational project, which will give Kirkcudbright an art gallery worthy of the exceptional art works it will house.
"The future of the historic town hall has been secured and not only will it attract more tourists to the area but will benefit the wider community as they’re encouraged to explore and enjoy the area’s rich art heritage. It’s thanks to players of the National Lottery that we have been able to help make this happen.”
Work on the gallery is scheduled to start in spring 2016 with the gallery scheduled to open mid 2017.
Kirkcudbright School pupils have thrown a WW2 style party for the older residents of Kirkcudbright.
Lori Carnochan reports.
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Pupils from Kirkcudbright School have held a WW2 style party for local residents.
The children have spent weeks researching and planning the period to lay on a show for locals.
Ruth Gordon is the Primary Seven school teacher and explains the purpose of the event.
Pupils at Kirkcudbright School have thrown a WW2 theme party for older residents.
The children, who are all in Primary Seven, have been learning about World War Two and invited 150 older people from the local community to join in with the fun.
The children sang popular wartime songs, read poetry and told stories of what life was like for children growing up in the war.
Afterwards the guests were treated to war-themed cakes that they had baked.
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A treasure hunter has told how a five-hour search in atrocious weather ended with him and a fellow enthusiast netting a haul of medieval silver coins.
Derek McLennan and Gus Paterson reportedly used metal detectors to discover the coins in a field at Twynholm, near Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway, shortly before Christmas.
Overall, the men netted 322 coins, which are said to carry images of various monarchs of the time.
An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire which led to nine people having to be rescued from their homes in the early hours of this morning.
Nobody was hurt in the fire at a block of flats near Kirkcudbright. But considerable damage was caused to two properties. Lori Carnochan reports.
Weather conditions made tackling Kirkcudbright flat fire 'arduous and difficult'.
"The upper floor of one of the flats was gutted and extensive damage has been caused to the roofs. The two flats at the side of the property were protected.
"Due to the weather conditions last night the fire was very arduous and difficult to tackle."
Nine people were evacuated from a flat fire after a resident returned home to find his flat filled with smoke.
Two of the four flats in the block have extensive fire and water damage.
No one was injured and the fire is not being treated as suspicious.