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Olympic medalists meet the Prime Minister

Our Olympic curlers have arrived back in the country and have been received by the Prime Minister.

The women's team, who won bronze in Sochi and the men who won silver, lined up outside Downing Street this morning. Later, they went inside to meet David Cameron.

They include The men's skip David Murdoch, is from Lockerbie, as are two of the women, Claire Hamilton and Anna Sloan. And a third member of the women's team, Vicki Adams, is from Stranraer. They'll be flying back home to Scotland this afternoon.


Medal winners return from Sochi

Dumfries and Galloway's Winter Olympics medal winners are back in the UK tonight.

Watch their arrival at Heathrow this evening (pictures contain flash photography).

The south of Scotland is preparing to welcome home Curling silver medallist David Murdoch, from Lockerbie, and Bronze medallists Claire Hamilton and Anna Sloan, also from Lockerbie, and Vicki Adams from Stranraer.

The Team GB athletes touched down at Heathrow this evening and are expected to arrive at Edinburgh Airport at about 5.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday).


Pickleball proves a hit with young players

People in Lockerbie are making the most of the new sport to make its way to the town.

Pickleball was brought over from America by Pat Burnett who saw a game being played when she was on holiday in California.

It's a mix between tennis, badminton and ping-pong, with one of it's main draws being that it can be played indoors.

These young players told ITV Border why they've taken it up:

Why Pickleball?

Pickleball, the newest sport to come to Lockerbie, is a mix between tennis, badminton and ping-pong.

It's thought the game was given its unusual name because the family who invented it had a dog called pickles, who loved chasing the ball around the court.

One of the main attractions of Pickleball is that it can be played indoors, so it is ideal for the UK's unpredictable climate.

Raymond Barrie has played tennis for more than 50 years but is enjoying a new challenge. He says he would like to see more people getting involved:

"We're lucky to have the two badminton courts here but any other club that had badminton courts or even one badminton court could get started because we could lend them the paddles and the whiffleballs as they're called, to play the game and hopefully it would take off and there would be more people and we'd maybe even get a match against somebody."

– Raymond Barrie, Chairperson, Lockerbie Pickleball Team

The club meets every Wednesday night at the town hall in Lockerbie and at the moment between 30 and 40 people are attending each week. It costs £2 per session and paddles and balls are provided.

What is Pickleball?

A new sport called 'Pickleball' has made it's way to Lockerbie.

The sport is hugely popular in America and when Pat Burnett was there on holiday she watched the game being played and thought it would be great to bring it back home.

"It's played with bats and balls and is similar to tennis but a bit easier, it's a cross between tennis, badminton and table tennis that's how its described. It's a little bit of an easier and slower game than tennis and it's more suitable for people of all abilities and age groups. We have lots of families coming along with children, parents and grandparents all joining in."

– Pat Burnett, Founder, Lockerbie Pickleball Team
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