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Dates for Borders Heritage Festival in Melrose announced

The festival launch will take place at the Harmony Garden in Melrose Credit: Google maps

Dates for the annual Borders Heritage Festival have been announced.

The festival will take place from the 1st to the 30th of September and will involve a range of walks, talks, exhibitions and theatre productions.

It is described as a celebration of innovation, architecture and design.

The launch of the festival is set to take place on Thursday 20 July at at the Harmony Garden in Melrose, Scottish Borders, where people can find out more about the programme of over 200 events.

Historical re-enactors, the Borders Youth Theatre, and Matt Seattle - the Borders Piper, are all set to perform.

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Borders Book Festival returns to Melrose

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The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival will be commencing on Thursday 15 until Sunday 18 June.

It will be taking place in Harmony Gardens in Melrose.

The festival will involve up to 100 shows and events, including a one-woman show by actress Anne Reid and an audio-visual demonstration by MasterChef judge Jay Rayner.

In a climate of political turmoil and unease, we could all do with a dose of fun and entertainment, and the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival has it in spades. There are serious moments of reflection and contemplation too, as we examine our rapidly changing world.

This year the book festival has something for everyone and we look forward to welcoming our audience to Harmony Gardens to enjoy a truly memorable weekend.

– Alistair Moffat, Festival Director

Melrose clinch penultimate 7s tournament at Selkirk

Watsonians have already won the overall Kings of the Sevens title. Credit: ITV Border

Melrose were able to fight off hosts Selkirk to lift the trophy on Saturday's penultimate Kings of the Sevens tournament.

The Rose came out on top with a 29-24 victory to lift their second tournament win of the season.

Hundreds of spectators turned out on the sunny day to see the teams compete and Melrose's Ruairi Campbell was named player of the tournament.

Watsonians have already claimed the overall Kings of the Sevens title and will be presented with the trophy next weekend at Jed-Forest.

Man charged over Melrose 'police incident'

The incident took place at the Kings Arms Hotel in Melrose. Credit: ITV Border

A 25 year-old man has been arrested and charged following an incident in Melrose onSaturday afternoon.

Police arrived on the scene in the town's High Street after receiving a call at about 3:05 pm.

A spokesman said: "Police attended at a business premises in Melrose High Street following reports of a male causing a disturbance.

As a result a 25 year-old man was arrested and charged and held in custody."

He is expected to appear from custody at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday.

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Murder investigation underway after death of 70-year-old woman

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The death of a 70-year-old woman nine day after an incident at a sheltered housing complex in Melrose, is being treated as a murder.

Police were called to Priorwood Court at around 4.45pm on April 9, after a report of concern for a woman.

The woman had been taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment and died on Tuesday April 18.

69-year-old David Thomson was charged with attempted murder when he appeared at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Tuesday 11 April.

He did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody.

This is a tragic set of circumstances, and our thoughts are with the lady’s family at this distressing time. This is being treated as an isolated incident and we are not looking for anyone else in connection our enquiries. Our officers are continuing to support her family and we want to thank the local community for their support.

– Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Healy, Lothians and Scottish Borders CID

Anyone with concerns is being urged to their local community officer or can contact Police Scotland on 101.

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