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Former Hibs player Gary O'Conner to sign with Selkirk FC

Former Hibs player Gary O'Conner is set to sign with Selkirk FC Credit: PA

Selkirk Football Club have confirmed that ex Hibernian FC player Gary O'Connor is to sign with the club.

The 31-year-old has also played for Locomotive Moscow and Birmingham City.

The club say O'Connor will be at their friendly match against a Hibs at Yarrow Park today, Wednesday 30 July.

Selkirk's league season kicks off on Saturday with a home match against Threave Rovers.


Bridge repairs 'ahead of programme and under budget'

"The dry weather and low river levels mean that the Scheme is this week preparing to lay new pipes across the river just downstream of the bridge.

“This will relocate the key services off the bridge and under the river and thus make the replacement of the footbridge a much less difficult operation when it takes place next year. It will, more importantly, secure the continuity of essential utility services to households throughout the ongoing works.

“The river crossing is the first major works activity of the Scheme but has been dependant on low river levels. Thankfully the current dry summer has ensured that this activity is now on the verge of being completed ahead of programme and under budget.”

– Conor Price, Project Manager for the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme

Bannerfield Footbridge to partly re-open

The Bannerfield Footbridge is due to partly re-open as work on Selkirk's Flood Defences is ahead of schedule.

The bridge will remain closed between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday but should be re-opened at all other times.

The bridge has been closed as part of a £30m project to improve flood defences in Selkirk.

Teams at the site have been clearing vegetation and determining the exact location water mains, pipes and power cables that run along the bank and cross the river on the existing footbridge.

Selkirk flood defence work moving 'quicker than expected'

The flood defence scheme is progressing 'quicker than expected' Credit: Scottish Borders Council

Contractors working on the Selkirk Flood Defence Scheme say that work on the new £30m project is progressing quicker than expected - because of the recent good weather.

The announcement comes four weeks after work started on the flood defence and footbridges at Bannerfield.

Miniature masterpieces on show at Selkirk

The most important collection of miniature portraits outside of the one owned by the royal family has gone on display in the Scottish Borders.

The tiny paintings of kings, queens, dukes and animals have gone on display at Bowhill House, the family seat of the Duke of Buccleuch.

It was down the the obsession of one of the Dukes ancestors that the mini masterpieces ended up in Selkirk. Our Scottish Borders reporter Jenny Longden has been to see them.


Selkirk Miniature collection was Duke's 'obsession'

The Duke of Buccleuch with one of the miniature pieces and a £2 coin Credit: ITV Border

A collection of miniature portraits on display in Selkirk came to the Borders due to the obsession of a Duke that once lived at Bowhill House.

Walter Francis, the fifth Duke of Buccleuch, collected the tiny paintings in the 19th century.

There are around 750 of them still at the stately home, which are on display in special cabinets during July.

The current Duke of Buccleuch, Richard Scott, said they are there thanks to his ancestor's obsession with miniature portraits:

'He and his wife Charlotte Anne began collecting in the 1830's, and they went on throughout their married life, he didn't die until 1884, and they bought huge quantities.

There are over 750 still in the collection now, we have got the bills, they bought 10 here, 20 there, and I think they were absolutely intrigued as to who these people were.'

Mini masterpieces on display in Selkirk

A rare collection of miniature portraits has gone on display at a stately home in Selkirk.

The exhibition of tiny masterpieces was unveiled by the Duke of Buccleuch at his Selkirk seat, Bowhill House.

The miniatures are considered to be the most important collection in private hands, excepting the Royal Collection.

They include the famous unfinished portrait of Oliver Cromwell by Samuel Cooper.

The Buccleuch Collection will be exhibited at Bowhill House during July for visitors to enjoy.

The unfinished portrait of Oliver Cromwell by Samuel Cooper Credit: ITV Border
The miniature Portraits in specially made display cabinets Credit: ITV Border
A portrait of Queen Elizabeth is one of the smallest in the collection Credit: ITV Border

Scheme begins to restore traditional buildings

A conservation scheme in Selkirk is beginning repairs on its first traditional building this week.

The Selkirk Conversation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) will begin work on an empty building at 59 High Street. Repairs to the walls, roof and chimney will be carried out using traditional materials and techniques.

'The aim of the Scheme is to ensure that issues with the built heritage of the town centre are addressed, and where possible enhanced, to make Selkirk an even more attractive location for both the local community and visitors.

“This first grant has been awarded to an important property in the town centre which has been left vacant and in poor condition for many years. The Selkirk CARS funding will help the building to be repaired in an appropriate manner and remove a blight within the town.'

– Colin Gilmour, Selkirk CARS Project Officer

The scheme is funded by Historic Scotland and Scottish Borders Council.

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