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Selkirk FC host successful "donate at the gate" match

Selkirk Football Club welcomed Gretna to Yarrow Park on Saturday afternoon for a match with a difference.

Fans attending the game were not asked to hand over any money for tickets, but to donate a food parcel instead.

The football club is thought to be the first in the Borders to hold a "donate at the gate" game, and there's hopes others will do the same.

Lori Carnochan reports:

Selkirk FC host "donate on the gate" game

Selkirk Football Club are appealing to fans to join in their "donate on the gate" match this afternoon.

The club are playing at home against Gretna and instead of charging fans money to watch the game, they're asking for food donations.

The items collected will be donated to local foodbanks in the Scottish Borders.

Kick-off is at 2pm at Yarrow Park.

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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.

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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.

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.

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