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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.


Full report: War veterans win fight against council

A group of war veterans are claiming victory after one of their toughest battles - this time against their local authority.

Dumfries and Galloway Council wanted to build parking spaces around the War Memorial in Moffat.

However, it had not taken into consideration the fighting spirit of former servicemen.

Matthew Taylor reports:

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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