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Stained glass lights up Lauder Hall

The stained glass window at Lauder Public Hall Credit: ITV Border

A stained glass window designed by school pupils has been unveiled at Lauder Public Hall.

The window depicts scenes from Lauder Common Riding, around a picture of Mary and Jesus.

The window design includes Lauder Town Hall, a footballer, sheep and horses and riders taking part in the annual common riding festival.

The window was designed by 4 Lauder Primary pupils in 2012: Ben Weir, Gabriella Purves, Eve Lee and Finlay Anderson.

They were at the unveiling of the window along with Lauder Primary School pupils and parents on Friday morning.

Primary school pupils sing before the unveiling Credit: ITV Border

Proposed wind turbines to bring in £105,000

Airvolution say the 23 Mega Watt development will result in £105,000 a year in local community benefits. Credit: Frank May/DPA/Press Association Images

A new planning application has been submitted for a wind farm development near the Borders village Lauder.

London-based Airvolution Energy Limited want to erect seven turbines on agricultural land at Muircleugh Farm, two miles south west of Lauder. The company previously withdrew an application to put up six turbines at Muircleuch.

After a fresh look at the site, they have come up with a re-sign that involves seven turbines reaching a height of 110 metres.

Airvolution say the 23 Mega Watt development will result in £105,000 a year in local community benefits. Planners at Scottish Borders Council will consider the application within the next few months.

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Biker treated in hospital

A motorcyclst has been treated in hospital after being thrown from his machine in a single vehicle accident in the Scottish Borders.

The 21-year-old male came off his bike on the A68 road between Lauder and Oxton near to the junction with the A697 around 2pm yesterday (April 18).

The road was closed and diversions put in place while the emergency services were at the scene.The motorcyclist was taken to Borders General Hospital with what are described as "non life-threatening injuries."

Tributes have been paid to well known Borders sheep farmer

Tributes have been paid to well known Scottish Borders farmer Jim Sharp.

NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller has praised Mr Sharp's "sharp intellect" and called him an "ambassador for all that is good in farming".

Jim has left his mark on Borders farming through his skill, energy and attention to detail.

“He had a sharp intellect and a level of experience which was of real value in serious conversation but also a generosity and love of life which made him great company.

"His thoughts were of real value at both local and national level where he gave his time to the union and the community.

“Jim was an ambassador for all that is good in farming. He gave a lot to our industry, the Borders community and the union.

"He was a great friend that so many of us will miss. Our sympathy must be with his family.”

– NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller

Farmer killed in accident on Borders farm

A 66-year-old man's been killed following an accident on his farm in Lauder in the Scottish Borders.

The dead man's been named locally as Jim Sharp.

He was a well known sheep farmer in the area and a former National Farmers Union Scotland livestock board convener.

It's believed Mr Sharp was killed while operating a grain auger - a piece of machinery used to collect and load grain.The accident happened on Monday, March 17th.

Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating.

Girl, 11, approached by man in car

An 11-year-old girl was approached by a man in a car in the Scottish Borders.

Police are investigating the "suspicious incident" which happened at around 4.40pm yesterday in Allanbank Gardens in Lauder.

The man stopped the car, which is described as scratched and dirty and spoke to the child, before driving off towards Stow Road.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Twenty 10 club apologise for Jimmy Savile float

Members of a local Twenty 10 club, who drew criticism for dressing up as disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile and his schoolgirl victims at the Lauder Common Riding, have apologised for any offence caused.

We, the members of the 2010 club who participated in Lauder Fancy Dress recognise we made a serious error of judgement in our choice of subject for our float at this year’s event.

"It was never our intention to cause offence to anyone. For the upset we have caused or may cause we unreservedly apologise.

Organiser says they have been targeted following float outrage

One of the organisers of the Lauder Common Riding says they have been targeted after a fancy dress float caused offence at this year's event. A float with people dressed as Jimmy Savile and schoolgirls was part of a parade in the Borders town last weekend.

The stunt made national news headlines and was criticised by politicians and charities. The organiser says animal droppings were left at their home and have reported the matter to Police.

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