Peebles celebrates creative status

The creative community in Peebles are celebrating after coming top in a competition to find Scotland's most creative places.

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Peebles gets some 'Imaginarium'

Children can roll up in Peebles this week as a circus themed festival gets into full swing.

Clowns, magicians and dancers are all performing at the Eastgate theatre as part of

'Imaginarium.'

It is a six day event aimed at entertaining and inspiring children over the school break.

Festival Director Clare Prenton told ITV Border:

'We reached about one thousand people last year who came through the doors to take part in workshops and shows. We'd like to up that this year as the festival grows.'

'The circus theme has really excited the students who are helping us and everyone in the building. '

Police name woman killed in Peebles crash

Police Scotland have named a woman who died in a fatal road collision in Peebles yesterday.

The crash happened around 11am yesterday when a Honda Civic collided with a wall in Greenside.

83-year-old Williamina Crow, known locally as Wilma, was a passenger in the car and died later that afternoon within the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

The 84-year-old driver was seriously injured and also taken to ERI by ambulance.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and anyone who witnessed the collision is being encouraged to contact Police Scotland on 101.

Foodbank opens in Peebles

Local foodbanks Credit: ITV News Border

Scotland's first Trussell Trust food bank is opening in the Scottish Borders.

Local MPs will join community groups for the opening of the bank at St Andrew's Church in Peebles.

The foodbank now provides around 10 food parcels a month to individuals and families in crisis across Tweeddale.

Peeblesshire Foodbank Secretary, Katie Buckingham, said:

"The Leckie Church have been fantastic in letting us operate from the Bakehouse and allowing us to get started, however, the hunt is still on for more suitable long term premises.

"The launch will be an opportunity to have a look around and see how we operate as well as hearing from trustees and local politicians.

"It is great that we are now in a position to start taking referrals and are able to offer a friendly place to come for those who have reached out for help."

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Bends 'put back' into river

A project to prevent flooding in Eddleston and Peebles by putting the bends back into a river has taken a step forward today.

The Eddleston Water, which flows into the River Tweed, was straightened 200 years ago so a road could be built.

It is now being returned to its original meandering shape and it is hoped that the long-term project will prevent flooding in hotspots further downstream.

"The Scottish Government is committed to working with nature to manage the sources of flooding, and protect the environment. Natural flood management is an essential part of a sustainable approach to flood risk management and the Eddleston Water project will help us develop our knowledge base.

"It will help us assess how wetlands, woodlands and land use can lower the flood risk for communities like Eddleston Village and Peebles and also restore natural habitats to the river."

– Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Scotland's Environment Minister
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