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Funeral of D&G soldier takes place today

Josh Hoole Credit: Josh Hoole

The funeral of a soldier from Dumfries and Galloway who died after a training exercise takes place today.

Josh Hoole, from Ecclefechan, served in the Rifles Regiment and died in the Breacon area of Wales last week.

His death was on the hottest day of the year.

The cause of the 26-year-old's death is still not known.



Duke of Lancaster's Regiment awarded Freedom of Maryport

Band leads Duke of Lancaster's parade through Maryport Credit: ITV Border

Crowds lined the streets of Maryport today as more than a hundred soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment marched through to be awarded the freedom of the town.

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment recruits from across the North West of England including Cumbria and the 1st Battalion is currently based at Catterick in North Yorkshire.

The parade got underway at 11.45am following a private service at St Mary’s Parish Church and gave the people of Maryport the chance to show their appreciation for the regiment that has historic ties with Cumbria going back centuries.

School children line the streets to cheer the troops Credit: ITV Border
Troops march through Maryport Credit: ITV Border
Soldiers on parade in Maryport Credit: ITV Border

Old bus gets new life as mobile barbers

The couple have converted an old school bus into a mobile barbers Credit: ITV Border

A pair of former soldiers from Carlisle have given up careers in the army to open their own mobile barber shop.

Joe Thomas, who served in Afghanistan, and his fiancee Alison Storrar have converted an old school bus into a hair studio.

They say chose their new careers to find happiness.

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