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Moffat MRT aim to buy new control vehicle

Moffat MRT. Credit: Moffat MRT.

Moffat Mountain Rescue Team are raising money to fund a new control vehicle this weekend.

The team's annual charity challenge takes place on Sunday.

It's based at the hall at Durisdeermill, and there will be four walks of varying difficulty taking place.

People interested in taking part are asked to register online beforehand, though people are still welcome on the day.

There is an entry fee, and people are encouraged to raise sponsorship money for the team, who are hoping to raise £2,000.

83-year-old knocked down on Moffat High Street

Police Credit: PA

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after an 83-year-old woman was hit by a car on Moffat High Street.

The incident happened at around midday on Wednesday 6th April, when a black VW Polo was in collision with the woman outside the Bank of Scotland.

The woman was knocked to the ground, however was not injured and the driver of the car stopped at the time.

"We want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this collision on Wednesday. They can call us at Moffat on the 101 number."

– Constable Terry Robertson, Police Scotland


Moffat named Europe's first 'Dark Sky' town

Moffat. Credit: ITV Border

A Dumfries and Galloway town has become the first in Europe to secure Dark Sky status.

£240,000 has been spent changing lightbulbs in the streets of Moffat to reduce the amount of light pollution, making it easier to see the stars and supporting local wildlife.

It's hoped the project will be extended across the region.

It's an achievement to have the Dark Sky status and it's a good investment because actually, it actually saves the council money in the long term."

– Cllr Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council

Women's rugby team 'safe' after Dumfries bus crash

The bus left the road. Credit: Hillhead Jordanhill Ladies RFC

A women's rugby team have taken to Facebook to assure people that they are "safe and well", after their bus was involved in a crash on the A701 road between Dumfries and Moffat on 31 January.

The post on the Hillhead Jordanhill Ladies RFC page says that they "all walked away relatively unharmed", and thanks people at the scene who helped them:

All the girls are now home in Glasgow safe and well! It's fair to say the girls are all a bit shaken up! Thankfully no one is seriously injured and we have all managed to walk away relatively unharmed! What an amazing bunch of girls we have! Thank you to everyone who has sent a message to the girls both individually and to our fb/twitter pages. We would also like to say thanks to all who were at the scene to provide a warm car, warm clothes and support to the girls! Special thank you has to be given to the unknown 'action man' who was at the bus within minutes to rip off the sun roof and help the girls climb out!

Thank you also to Stewartry Sirens and their coach Sandy Currie for offering their help.

Thanks to driver Ronnie Thornhill for Stagecoach Dumfries who kindly drove all the girls back into Dumfries, also to the passengers on this bus for offering whatever they could.

Finally thanks to Princess kebab in Dumfries for providing the girls with a VERY generous amount of food, for the little money we managed to scrape together!

The girls are very much feeling the love! Thanks you everyone."

– Hillhead Jordanhill Ladies RFC

Jewellery stolen in Moffat raid

Police Scotland is investigating a break in at a house in Old Well Road, Moffat, between Sunday 10 and Saturday 16 January 2016.

Jewellery including gold chains, an engagement and wedding ring and a broach have been stolen.

The house in question was not occupied when the break-in happened. Some of the items were antique and were of great sentimental value. We ask anyone in the area to get in touch with us with the 101 number."

– Constable Gary Gillan, Police Scotland


Princess Anne to open Annandale Distillery

Princess Anne Credit: PA
The Annandale Distillery. Credit: ITV Border

Princess Anne will officially open the Annandale Distillery and Visitor Centre this morning.

It's been closed for around 90 years, but is now producing single malt scotch whisky once again.

Princess Anne will then head to the International Sheepdog Trials near Moffat in the afternoon.

Hundreds attend service for Air Chief Marshal Dowding in Moffat

A huge turn out, including veterans, current servicemen and members of his family turned out for a commemorative service for Lord Dowding on Sunday.

Hundreds gathered to honour the memory of Lord Dowding. Credit: ITV Border

Lord Dowding was appointed Commander-in-Chief of Fighter command in 1936 and immediately turned his attention to building an air defence capable of preparing Britain for the threat of war with Germany. His work was to prove crucial in winning the Battle of Britain in 1940. Despite the RAF losing 1038 aircraft and 544 pilots and crew.

The permanent memorial to Lord Dowding in Moffat Credit: ITV Border
Paying their respects, the large crowd gave thanks for a lifetime of service. Credit: ITV Border
Royalty, family, servicemen and the general public were all in attendance.

It was under Lord Dowding's leadership that the RAF were able to repel the Luftwaffe and prevent a german invasion by sea. Winston Churchill is quoted as saying that, "We must regard the general-ship here shown as an example of genius in the art of war."

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