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'Eyesore' hotel 'bad' for tourism

It's been branded an eyesore and a disgrace - now people in one town in Dumfries and Galloway say they've had enough of waiting for the Edinburgh Woollen Mill to renovate a former hotel.

The Mercury Inn in Moffat has been derelict for nearly 15 years. Campaigners and the local MP say it's bad for tourism and are urging the company to take action.

It says it's already working to refurbish it. Katie Hunter reports.

Hotel owners 'working to redevelop' site

The owners of the former Mercury Hotel Inn in Moffat have spoken out after locals have criticised them for the state of the building.

The site, which has been derelict for almost 15 years, is owner by the hight street chain The Edinburgh Woollen Mill

“We are currently working with the local council, community and MP on plans to redevelop the former hotel site”

– Spokesman, The Edinburgh Woollen Mill

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Local takes a seat in protest over derelict hotel site

The former Mercury Hotel site has been derelict for almost 15 years Credit: ITV News Border

Locals in Moffat are calling for an 'eyesore' hotel to be demolished or revamped.

Alan Rush is leading the campaign and has spent the last two weeks outside the doors of the old Mercury Inn hotel.

Alan Rush is leading the campaign Credit: ITV News Border

The local MP for Dumfriesshire, David Mundell has given his backing to locals, calling the site is an eyesore.

The site is owned by Edinburgh Woollen Mill Credit: ITV News Border

Locals say the the site is driving tourists away from the area, claiming it is having a negative impact on the local economy.

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Awarded chip shop worker dies aged 90

Bettina Dawson Credit: ITV Border

A woman from Moffat, hailed as Scotland's oldest chip shop worker, has died.

Bettina Dawson, who was 90 years old, past away last week. She had worked in fish and chip shops for 77 years after moving to Scotland from Italy.

Bettina has served fish and chips since 1936 Credit: ITV Border

Earlier this year she was awarded a BEM by the Queen in the new year's honours list.

Her funeral is being held later today in Moffat.

Two cut free from car

Two people had to be cut free from their car after an accident in Dumfries and Galloway.

Firefighters were called to a collision involving two vehicles at 23.23 last night (April 19) on the A701 at Moffat.

They were at the scene for half an hour as they released two people from one of the cars.

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