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£386,500 for bronze statue found in Borders house

The bronze sculpture was found in a house in the Scottish Borders Credit: Lyon & Turnbull Ltd

A bronze statue, which was found in a house in the Scottish Borders, has sold for more than twice its estimated price.

Lyon & Turnbull sold the Ganymede and the Eagle at auction in Edinburgh this week.

The 18th Century artwork, by Italian sculptor Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi, went for £386,500.

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Weather: Afternoon update

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Temperatures have already climbed to over 18C in parts of Dumfries and galloway.

With high pressure in control and hardly a cloud in the sky it is a very pleasant day across Southern Scotland and Cumbria.

But make the most of it - things will go downhill tomorrow.

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New car park opens at Borders General Hospital

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An extra thirty-eight long stay parking spaces are now open for use at the Borders General Hospital.

The new Car Park 8, which was built after safety concerns were raised by patients, visitors, and staff, was completed last week.

It's hoped the new facility will free up more short stay spaces situated closer to the hospital for patients and visitors to use during clinic and visiting times.

"Inconsiderate and inappropriate parking on the Borders General Hospital site was increasing and was putting people at risk.

In recognising this we took proactive action to address the problems that were being experienced and we continue to monitor the use of the car parks to allow further developments, such as creating these additional spaces."

– EVELYN RODGER, INTERIM DIRECTOR OF ACUTE SERVICES

New car park opens at Borders General Hospital

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An extra thirty-eight long stay parking spaces are now open for use at the Borders General Hospital.

The new Car Park 8, which was built after safety concerns were raised by patients, visitors, and staff, was completed last week.

It's hoped the new facility will free up more short stay spaces situated closer to the hospital for patients and visitors to use during clinic and visiting times.

"Inconsiderate and inappropriate parking on the Borders General Hospital site was increasing and was putting people at risk.

In recognising this we took proactive action to address the problems that were being experienced and we continue to monitor the use of the car parks to allow further developments, such as creating these additional spaces."

– Evelyn Rodger, Interim Director of Acute Services

Selkirk theatre company to close

The company is to close after 25 years.

A Scottish Borders theatre company is closing after 25 years.

The Selkirk-based Rowan Tree Theatre Company says it's due to funding running out and increased performance costs.

It says the theatre's been struggling to survive for some time.

The Duke of Buccleuch will host a farewell for the company at Bowhill Theatre next Monday.

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Norovirus closes parts of Borders General Hospital

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The Department of Medicine for the Elderly (DME) at the Borders General Hospital is currently closed to admissions due norovirus.

One bay in Ward 4 has also been also closed.

Visiting the DME is strongly discouraged at this time, and the general advice is to stay away from any hospital ward if you, or anyone in your family, has experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the past 48 hours

It is vital to protect yourselves and your loved ones from catching this unpleasant virus. Patients, visitors and staff can help minimise the spread by complying with instructions given by staff and paying attention to the signs at the entrances to the hospital and wards.”

– Dr Tim Patterson, NHS Borders’ Consultant in Public Health Medicine
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