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Edinburgh Woollen Mill move to Carlisle confirmed

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill in Langholm Credit: ITV Border

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill has confirmed a date is set for its site in Langholm to move to Carlisle.

Scottish Secretary and Dumfriesshire MSP David Mundell made the claim on Twitter.

He called on the retailer to recognise the support the community has provided 'over many years'.

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A spokesperson for the EWM Group said:

The decision to move to Carlisle was not taken lightly or quickly, but EWM Group is expanding and our current premises in Langholm are not capable of supporting a modern, fast-growing, national retail development.

Langholm has played a critical role in our company's history and heritage, and we will be retaining our headquarters building there.

We have ambitions to turn the building into a heritage centre which celebrates the role that both Edinburgh Woollen Mill and textiles has played, and continues to play, in Scotland."

– EWM Group spokesperson

The date of the move will be on or around 30 July 2018.

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18-year-old killed in Langholm road traffic collision

The fatal incident occured on the A7 road at Kirkton Burn bridges Credit: ITV Border

An 18-year-old man from Carlisle has died in a one vehicle traffic collision, at around 7.08pm on Monday 7 August 2017.

The fatal incident occurred on the A7 road at Kirkton Burn bridges, Ewes, Langholm, involving a black coloured BMW 320 car. The driver was removed from the car by Fire and Rescue staff and taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary by Helimed, where he later died.

The road at the scene was closed to allow a full road traffic collision examination to take place including an examination of the damage caused to a bridge parapet. The Procurator Fiscal has been informed.

Trunk Roads Policing Group are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. Callers can speak to a police officer at Lockerbie Trunk Roads Policing Unit through the 101 number.

Music festival set to take place in D&G

Moorland May Music Festival Credit: ITV Border

The Moorland May music festival is set to take place in Langholm over the bank holiday weekend, 27-28 May.

Over 13 bands will be performing across all hotels in the town over the two days.

Organisers are hoping to take advantage of tourists lured to the area for the Spring Fling.

Well tourism's kind of integral to the town you know, a lot of the local businesses are closing down. It's a bit of a tough time at the minute so the more folk we can attract through the town to come and maybe stay the night or have a meal, things like that then the better it is for everyone.

People kind of drive straight through Langholm there's not a great many places they can stop so if we can make the most of it while the folk are here you know and try and do as much as we can for the local businesses then we're more than happy to do that.

– Rick Taylor, Langholm Initiative

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Toasting cider success in Langholm

A Langholm cider producer has been named as the first ever Scottish winner at the National Cider and Perry Championships.

Waulkmill Cider was founded in 2010 by Chris Harrison and has gone on to top the craft cider mills in Britain.

It's a rare victory as the majority of winners in the competition tend to be based in the South of England.

WATCH: D&G woman presides over elections for nearly 60 years

A woman from Dumfries and Galloway has taken part in local elections as a polling clark and a presiding officer since 1960.

Grace Brown from Langholm, is still going strong and presided over votes at Ewes, near Langholm, for this year's local council elections.

She is also hoping to carry out her role in the General Election in June.

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