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'Bookshops are the best place to discover books'

The owner of a Borders bookshop is encouraging shoppers to buy books from the shelves when they see them, rather than online.

Rosamund De La Hey, who owns The Mainstreet Trading Company bookshop and cafe in St Boswells, is supporting the Books are my Bag campaign.

Three writers in residence were at the shop on Saturday (October 11th) to lend their support.

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Authors help promote bookshops in Borders

Authors and illustrators meet customers at the Mainstreet Trading Company Credit: ITV Border

A Borders bookshop has been involved in a campaign encouraging people to buy their novels from shops on the high street.

The Mainstreet Trading Company in St Bowells had writers and illustrators in the shop to sign their books.

Maggie O’Farrell, Vivian French & Catherine Rayner helped to launch the Books are my Bag event.

It was part of a nationwide campaign encouraging people to buy from bookshops

writer and illustrator Catherine Rayner signs a book Credit: ITV Border
Illustrator Catherine Rayner at work Credit: ITV Border

Chancellor visits Borders Book shop

Mr Osborne tours the book shop and deli with owners and local MSP John Lamont Credit: ITV Border

The Chancellor of the Exchequer stopped off at a Borders Book shop and deli this morning to meet with local business leaders from the area.

George Osborne toured the Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells before sitting down with business people to discuss their concerns.

Among the issues raised were taxation and transport links to the Borders.

Mr Osborne is in Scotland along with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to watch the naming of a new warship in Rosyth this afternoon.

George Osborne was in the Borders to talk to local businesses Credit: ITV Border

Police appeal for witnesses of speed camera set on fire

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after a speed camera was set on fire north of Newtown, St Boswells.

A camera on the southbound carriageway of the A68 is thought to have been set on fire between 11:40pm, Tuesday 29 April and 12.20am, Wednesday 30 April.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were also at the scene.

"This wanton act of destruction has the potential to put the safety of road users at risk. Speed cameras are in place for a reason and local officers are investigating to identify those responsible."We would urge members of the public who were in the area late on Tuesday night and saw anything suspicious to come forward.

– Stuart Tennant, Police Constable, Police Scotland

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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St Boswells RFC speak out on Facebook

"For those that have not heard was a meeting last night and the SRU have chucked us oot cup final , stripped of the bowl we WON against Liberton and stripped us if the Fraser James trophy for being best team in East o Scotland and took 13 league points of us. What a total joke . We are looking in to an appeal . But cant change we are unbeaten all season . Lets keep the heads up lads and get sevens out the way and be ready for max attack again next season."

– St Boswells RFC, Facebook

St Boswells kicked out of Scottish Bowl Final

St Boswells have been kicked out of Rugby Union's Scottish Bowl Final for allegedly fielding three ineligible players during the competition.

They would have been the only Borders team at National Finals Day next weekend.

The club says the players were dual-registered and that the steps taken are harsh, adding that legal advice will be sought.

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