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Million pound 'cosmic landscape' opens

Crawick Multiverse Credit: Crawick Multiverse

A new artwork, which cost £1 million to produce, opens in Dumfries and Galloway today.

The Crawick Multiverse is a 55-acre "cosmic landscape", inspired by themes of space, astronomy and cosmology.

It was created by American architect Charles Jencks, and funded by the Duke of Buccleuch.

It opens to the public today with a traditional summer fayre, including a treasure trail and art competition, and stalls selling local produce.


Cornet leads riders through the town

Riders parade through town Credit: ITV Border

The Riding of the Marches in a historic event which sees riders check the boundaries of the Royal Burgh to ensure no-one has intruded on their territory.

Coronation of the Sanquhar queen Credit: ITV Border

"It's been absolutely brilliant, I've loved every second of it, really really good, it's something I've always wanted to do so I really enjoyed it. The Cornet's main job I think is to lead the rider round the boundaries f the Royal Burgh just to inspect the boundaries and make sure no encroachments have been made or any intruders."

– Jamie Shankley, Cornet

"It reflects what people want and what people like, it's a historical but it's also topical and people love it."

– > Jim Pirie, Riding of the Marches Treasurer


Concern over Sanquhar Post Office

The current owners of the oldest post office in the world want to sell but if they can't find a buyer it will have to close.

"I think the people in Sanquhar are unilaterally in opposition to the post office moving they are very determine it should stay here it's something that they treasure, it's one of the flagships of the town of Sanquhar and it is significant for tourism in terms of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland and indeed the UK as a whole."

– Cllr Jim Dempster, Dumfries and Galloway

"I mean it would be a disaster, where else would we go? The nearest one is, Kirkconnel. It's a lifeline to me because if I can't get my weekly money from there it means I've got to travel about 12 miles one way or 12 miles the other way. I think it would be a shame to lose it because children like to see a part of their heritage."

– A resident of Sanquhar

"The Post Office is currently working with the local community to ensure that the branch remains part of the Post Office network and Sanquhar's unique place in postal history is retained. The sub-postmistress is also keen to help in any way she can."

– A Post Office Spokesperson

Sanquhar Post Office could close

Sanquhar Post Office could close if a buyer can't be found Credit: ITV News

When the doors of the Sanquhar post office opened Queen Anne who was on the throne. That was 302 years ago and it is officially the world's oldest working Post Office. However, the owners now want to sell up, and if a buyer can't be found, the business will have to close.

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