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Veterans claim victory in war memorial parking row

A group of war veterans who have been campaigning to save the area surrounding Moffat's war memorial claim they have won their fight against the council.

Dumfries and Galloway Council were planning to create 12 parking spaces next to the memorial as part of a redevelopment.

The veterans, who said that this would be disrespectful to their fallen comrades, are now claiming that the council has made a u-turn on the decision.

Businesses see red over council paint row

Pete and Cyn Downham outside the front door of their shop "Fairy Croft" Credit: ITV News Border

Two businesses inn south-west Scotland are fuming after their councils complained about the exterior façade of their buildings.

Pete and Cyn Downham have been warned that their shop front door in Moffat contains too many colours and is not in keeping with the town’s conservation area.

The couple say that more than 1,000 people have signed a petition in support of their “Fairy Croft” shop door and say they are often complimented on the bright exterior.

In a separate case, owners of a Dumfries restaurant say their business could be at risk if they are made to change the paint on the outside of their building.

Owners of “Mississippi Grill House”, Craig Deman and Robert McAleese, say that replacing the current green paint with a more subtle colour, as suggested by council planners, could cost them around £10,000.

They are also worried that having a lot of scaffolding outside of the restaurant in order to carry out the work could deter potential customers.

Dumfries and Galloway council say that the current paintwork is not in keeping with conservation rules.

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Moffat "supper" gran still frying at 90

Bettina Dawson Credit: ITV News Border

A 90-year-old chip shop worker from Dumfries and Galloway is thought to be the world's longest-serving chip shop worker.

Bettina Dawson, who still works six nights a week, has served around half a million fish suppers in her 77 years of working at The Moffat Chippy.

Mrs Dawson started helping her parents out behind the counter in 1936 and apart from working at a munitions factory during the second world war, she has worked there ever since.

Full report: Group of servicemen campaign for war memorial

A group of former servicemen are trying to prevent the area around a war memorial being turned into car parking.

The veterans have been protesting in the centre of Moffat today.

They say a council plan to build 12 parking spaces is disrespectful to their fallen comrades.

Dumfries and Galloway Council says the move will encourage visitors to come to the market town.

Matthew Taylor reports:

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