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Once in a Blue Moon: New tartan for Manchester City

One of the world's richest football clubs has officially launched its own tartan to celebrate a 60-year link with a Borders town.

Manchester City's "Blue Moon" tartan cashmere scarves and ties are proving a big hit with supporters of the English Premiership giants.

Businessman Craig Douglas from the Borders town of Selkirk came up with the idea of the "Blue Moon" tartan - to reflect the club's links with the 1940s musical hit which is sung by fans before each home game. He enlisted the help of Selkirk-based Lochcarron of Scotland, the world's leading tartan manufacturers, to produce the initial order which has been selling in the club shop and on-line.

Craig Douglas from Selkirk with Manchester City legends Asa Hartford and Mike Summerbee at the official launch. Credit: Robert Fairburn

Three years ago City had a trial period with a tartan which did not develop but Mr Douglas believes the club and Lochcarron are onto a winner with the "Blue Moon" brand with quality scarves selling for £100. Selkirk and City have enjoyed strong links ever since Bobby Johnstone moved south in 1955 and became the first player to score in two consecutive FA Cup Finals at Wembley.

That has been cemented with "Blue Moon" now recognised by the Scottish Register of Tartans with an official launch attended by former City legends Asa Hartford and Mike Summerbee.

There is a lot of enthusiasm at Manchester City for the tartan. The feedback I got at the launch was excellent and I hope this is just the start. We are already talking about expanding the range into handbags and caps and it looks as though the club will use the tartan for its hospitality box travelling rugs.

There remains strong links between Selkirk and Manchester City - Bobby's portrait still hangs on the walls at the Etihad Stadium. It is great that it will be a Selkirk company that will benefit if the tartan takes off in Manchester.

– Craig Douglas

Johnstone - who passed away in 2001- was born in Selkirk and played for his local club before being snapped up by Hibernian and formed part of the legendary "Famous Five" forward line at Easter Road. Capped 17-times for Scotland he moved to City and the club has visited Selkirk twice in recent season for friendly matches.

The Gritter Spitter: naming Gritters helps children respect road safety

Gritters in the Scottish Borders have been given special names in time for winter.

The Gritter Spitter 3000 is one name given to a vehicle by Kamal Aziz, a pupil at Selkirk's Philiphaugh Primary School.

Nine gritters have been named by children across the Borders in a competition by Scottish Borders Council, as they prepare for winter.

School children name Border gritters

One of the gritters named by school children Credit: ITV News Border

Gritters in the Scottish Borders have been given special names in time for winter.

The Gritter Spitter 3000 is one name given to a vehicle by a pupil at Selkirk's Philiphaugh Primary School.

Nine gritters have been named by children across the Borders in a competition by Scottish Borders Council, as they prepare for winter.

"I came up with the gritter spitter because it rhymed, and I think it just sounded cool."

– Kamal Aziz, Competition winner

"We though that to name a gritter it would allow the children to think about how they are getting ready for winter, what they should be doing, wearing high vis, fluorescent clothes, keeping warm, and also how they have to think about other road users, cyclists and other drivers as well."

– Karen McGrath, Scottish Borders Council

New £250,000 Selkirk play park opens

A new £250,000 play park has been officially opened in Selkirk.

The park, named by Philiphaugh Community School as Philiphaugh Freedom Park, will allow people of all ages to enjoy the fully fenced area.

As well as a play park, there is a multi-use games area and a bike skills section. In time there will also be pathways that link to new paths proposed as part of the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme.

The project received £248,750 from Big Lottery Fund’s Community Spaces programme. Funding was also provided from Eildon Housing Association, Thornfield Trust, Eildon Area Forum and Selkirk Common Good Fund.

Primary Six pupil Tyler Hayes, who won a competition to name the park and design its sign, opened the new facility with former pupil and Scotland rugby legend John Rutherford and Kath Beaton, a volunteer at the school and Bannerfield resident.

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69-year-old woman dies in Borders crash

Police are investigating the crash and ask for witnesses to get in contact with them. Credit: ITV Border

A 69-year-old woman has died in a crash in the Scottish Borders.

It happened around 5pm yesterday (6th November) on the A7, approximately three-quarters of a mile south of Selkirk.

The 69-year-old female driver of a Seat Ibiza sustained serious injuries when her car, which was travelling north, was involved in a crash with a Nissan Qashqai travelling in the opposite direction. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 51-year-old woman, driving the Nissan, was taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The road was closed for around five and a half hours. Anyone with information about the incident should contact the police.

Driver killed in Borders crash

A motorist has been killed in a crash on one of the main routes in the Scottish Borders.

The incident happened just over an hour ago on the A7 near Selkirk. The driver of the other car has been taken to hospital. The road is currently closed while police investigate the scene. No further details have been released.

Selkirk football team bus crash

A Scottish youth football cup tie has been called off after one of the teams was involved in a bus crash.

Selkirk Under 20s were travelling to Aberdeen when their team bus skidded on a diesel spill and left the road.

The bus went sideways on two wheels and headed over a grass verge before crashing into a wooden fence.

It's thought the crash was caused by a fuel spill on the road Credit: Borders Press Agency

The accident happened at around 11a.m (Sunday)just after the bus had left the M8 and was heading towards the Forth Road Bridge.

"It was quite scary at the time but fortunately everyone is fine. Some of the players were a bit shaken at the time but the main thing is no one was hurt."

– Ross Anderson, Selkirk committee

The bus was damaged in the accident and was stuck in the mud so the Scottish FA Youth Cup tie away to Banks of Dee in Aberdeen was postponed.

It has been re-arranged for next Sunday.

Elderly woman robbed in Selkirk

An elderly woman has had her purse snatched in Selkirk.

The 86-year-old was walking alone at the junction of Curror Street and Bleachfield Avenue at around 2pm yesterday (Friday) when a young man came up to her and stole her purse from her hand.

He was then seen running off along Curror Street where he was lost from sight.

Scottish Borders Police are appealing for witnesses. Local officers are trying to trace the man responsible and anyone who can help identify him is asked to come forward.

He is described as white, between 15 and 18-years-old with a slim build, short black hair and wearing an orange long-sleeved top.

"The elderly lady was thankfully uninjured but clearly shaken by this incident. I am appealing to anyone who was in that area of Selkirk on Friday afternoon, or who remembers someone fitting the description of the suspect, to get in touch with us as soon as possible. In addition, I would urge anyone with any further information relevant to this investigation to contact police immediately."

– Inspector Bryan Burns
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