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Selkirk Football Club appoints poet

Thomas Clark pens a poem with inspiration from young players Credit: ITV Border

Selkirk Football Club has become the first in Scotland to combine the beautiful game and the written word with its very own poet in residence.

Award-winning poet Thomas Clark, who lives in Hawick, has become the club's latest signing.

He will write poetry for the club's programme and website, and he hopes his words will inspire the team to do well in the Scottish Cup.

He said:

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What I am looking to do is reflect the Borders pride and tradition in my poetry, and specifically the pride and tradition of Selkirk FC. The good times and bad times, because that's a big part of football. Anyone can support Real Madrid when they are winning Champions League after Champions League but for me the real poetry and romance in poetry is here, not at the big clubs.

– Thomas Clark, Selkirk FC poet in residence
Selkirk FC's poet in residence Thomas Clark Credit: ITV Border

Selkirk FC chairman Ross Anderson says he hopes the new signing will encourage more people to watch football.

Football is a diverse sport with a diverse audience and we thought this was a great idea. We hope it will encourage more people from all walks of life to watch football because there is more than just the sport on the pitch. There is loads of opportunities on and off it.

– Ross Anderson, Selkirk FC Chairman

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Potential jobs boost for Selkirk

A timber company could take over the former Co-op home furnishing store Credit: PA

A Borders-based timber company's expansion plans could create more than 50 new jobs in Selkirk.

Oregon Timber - who are based at Dunsdale Haugh - want to take over the nearby former Co-op home furnishing store which closed last summer.

Oregon, who supply timber frames for house-builders such as Cala, Miller and Dawn, already have a 100-strong workforce in Selkirk.

The firm has applied to Scottish Borders Council for planning permission to change its use from retail to a timber manufacturing facility.

Documents lodged with the application state the new factory will have a proposed employment of 53 staff.

"The sole aim of making this application is to pursue the company's desire to acquire additional space suitable for the proposed expansion of its current timber frame manufacturing facility in Selkirk."

– Spokesperson, Oregon Timber

Gun used in Yarrow robbery was a toy

An alleged hand gun used during the robbery of an 80-year-old woman in her own home was a toy, say Police Scotland. They have recovered the item.

A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the robbery, which took place in the Yarrow Valley near Selkirk on Wednesday 18th March.

Chief Inspector Andy McLean said: “Following extensive enquiries by local officers, supported by colleagues from other areas of Police Scotland, an individual has now been apprehended.

“This was a deplorable act which left an elderly woman in great distress and I would like to thank the public, and particularly the local community, for their incredible support.”

Woman found with serious burn injuries in Selkirk

Police close Hillside Terrace in Selkirk Credit: ITV Border News

A woman has been taken to hospital with serious burn injuries after being found in Selkirk this morning.

Police Scotland closed the A7 for an hour to allow access for emergency vehicles.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police in the Scottish Borders responded to an incident in Selkirk at around 7.20am on Wednesday 18th March where a woman was found with serious burn injuries in Hillside Terrace.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Ambulance Service were also in attendance and the woman was taken to Borders General Hospital where she is currently in a critical condition.

Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this matter are ongoing".

Selkirk library closure extended

The re-opening of Selkirk library has been postponed until Monday 13 April.

A replacement mobile library service will operate from Victoria Halls, until Saturday 4 April, at the following times:

  • Monday: 10am-1pm; 2-5pm
  • Tuesday: 2-5pm
  • Wednesday: 10am-1pm
  • Thursday: 2-5pm
  • Friday: 12noon-4pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am-12:30pm

And the computer suite at Philiphaugh Community Centre will be available until Tuesday 31 March:

  • Monday: 11am-1pm
  • Tuesday: 2-4pm
  • Friday: 1-3pm

The nearest libraries offering full services are in Galashiels and Melrose.

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