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Jedburgh remembers local men who served in WW1

Jedburgh Castle Jail is currently hosting an exhibition looking at the local men who served in World War I and the impact on their lives.

The exhibition includes photographs supplied by the Jedforest Historical Society, such as a picture of volunteers leaving Jedburgh Station in 1914 to go to serve in the war.

Also on show are reproductions of recruitment posters, which aim to show the pressure on men to volunteer before conscription was introduced in 1916.

Life at the front line is illustrated through objects, many of which are on loan from the Jedburgh branch of the Royal British Legion.

These include brass shell ends made into containers by soldiers in the trenches, a soldier’s water bottle and an officer’s knife and fork, as well as postcards sent to loved ones at home.

The exhibition runs until Sunday, 2 November.

Borderers congratulated ahead of Commonwealth Games

A dozen athletes from the Borders have been congratulated ahead of their Commonwealth Games appearances.

Scottish Borders Council congratulated the 12 athletes who will compete across six different disciplines during the 11 days of action.

"If you take the Borders as a percentage of Scotland's population then we have double the number of athletes from our region that we could have expected.

“I'm sure Borderers will get behind these 12 talented young people in their various competitions and I know many people are looking forward to travelling up to Glasgow from the Borders to see them in action.”

– Councillor Vicky Davidson, Scottish Borders Council

The 12 Borders athletes to compete at Glasgow Commonwealth Games are:

  • Lee Jones of Selkirk, Stuart Hogg of Hawick, Scott Wight of Melrose (Rugby 7s)
  • Jak Scott of Hawick and Lucy Hope of Crailing (swimming)
  • Sarah Robertson of Selkirk (hockey)
  • Chris O'Hare of West Linton, Guy Learmonth of Berwick, Libby Clegg of Newcastleton; Sam Kinghorn of Gordon (athletics)
  • Grant Ferguson of Peebles (cycling)
  • Jo Pettitt of West Linton (netball)


Cairn of "friendship" to be built in Gretna

The foundation stone for a cairn is being laid in Gretna that those opposed to Scottish Independence hope will become a symbol of the links between Scotland and England.

People are being invited to place a stone on the cairn, called The Auld Acquaintance, to show their support for the friendship between the two nations.

The Yes Campaign, which wants the people of Scotland to support independence in September's referendum, said that Scotland and England would be friends even if Scotland left the UK.

The Auld Acquaintance is a traditional circular dry-stone structure and people are invited to bring their own stone, or use traditional slate, lime and sand stones supplied on-site.

Dry-stone wallers from both sides of the border will be working on the construction, which has been designed by architect Paul Jakulis in a bend of the River Sark - the precise borderline between Scotland and England - next to Scotland's First House.

"Please join us in this very special project on the English-Scottish border at Gretna Green. We are inviting individuals and families from across the UK to bring their favourite stone - or to use the stones we will be supplying - to work with us and build what we're calling The Auld Acquaintance. The Auld Acquaintance will be built in the great traditional British tradition of a stone cairn, a statement of our respect, our love, our affection for the United Kingdom."

– Rory Stewart MP, Conservative Penrith and The Border

I welcome the cairn celebrating friendship between Scotland and England. Scotland and England will be friends whether there's a yes or a no vote. We're not going anywhere and will continue to be friends.

– Joan McAlpine MSP, Scottish National Party South Scotland

Young people urged to register as voters

Young people in the Borders are being urged to register to vote
Young people in the Borders are being urged to register to vote Credit: PA

Young people in the Borders are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum.

The vote will take place across Scotland on Thursday, 18 September.

To help new voters find out more, a drop in session is being held in Galashiels on 23 August where an Electoral Registration Officer from the council will be joined by members of the Scottish Youth Parliament and Scottish Borders Youth Voice.

The team will be in the Market Square from 11.00am - 4.00pm where young and first time voters will be able to register, if they have not already done so, and get answers to any questions they may have.


'Independence will reduce the flow of trade'

The Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran has been in Dumfries and Galloway today to launch a paper that claims independence will reduce the flow of trade between Scotland and the rest of the UK by more than 80 percent.

The 'Yes Scotland' campaign says that the paper is irrelevant as it draws on out-of-date data from Canada and the USA.

Margaret Curran toured a factory in Lockerbie to highlight the so-called border effect earlier today, as Jenny Longden reports.

Claims of 'Border effect' by Shadow Scottish Secretary

Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran tours a Lockerbie factory
Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran tours a Lockerbie factory Credit: ITV News Border

Independence will create a 'border effect', reducing the flow of trade between Scotland and the rest of the UK, according to a new report by Scottish Labour.

The briefing paper claims trade will be 83% lower after 30 years in the event of independence.

Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran highlighted the so-called 'border effect' during a trip to a Lockerbie factory this afternoon, Thursday 17 July.

The Yes campaign claim the paper is based on out-of-date data that is irrelevant to Scotland.

Shadow Scottish secretary to visit southern Scotland

Shadow Scottish secretary to visit southern Scotland
Margaret Curran, shadow Scottish secretary, is visiting southern Scotland

The shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran is visiting Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders today.

With just weeks to go until the independence referendum, the Labour MP will be speaking about the potential effect that having a more formalised border could have on international trade.

The SNP are arguing any negative assertions are based on what they describe as "inaccurate data".

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