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Stranraer leads the way in charity collection

Stranraer Fire Station crews' collection of recycled clothing and textiles generated more money for The Fire Fighters Charity than those at any other station in Scotland.

Around £247 was made for the charity from the donated items left at the Lewis Street station’s collection point over January.

The charity works across the UK to provide physiotherapy, nursing and psychological support programmes for serving and retired firefighters, as well as others with a connection to the service.

The station manager claimed the success of the drive was a result of the important role the station plays in the community.

"For Stranraer Fire Station to generate the most of all the collections in Scotland is an incredible achievement for everyone who took part.

“Many fire stations throughout the country are in much bigger towns and cities but our crews are certainly at the heart of the community and that’s why we’ve seen such an amazing response"

– Station Manager James Manning, the commanding officer for the Wigtownshire district

Frustration after Council misses out on Stranraer funding

Dumfries and Galloway Council is confident the regeneration of Stranraer town centre will go ahead, despite missing out on funding.

Bids were made to the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Historic Scotland, for grants to help the £3.5 million project.

But the high level of competition for the funds means the council has been invited to resubmit its application in August.

The council remains committed to spending £1 million on the regeneration.

"It’s very frustrating that funding has not been approved at this stage due to the sheer number of applications and the competitive nature of the process.

"However, the HLF Scotland team supported our application and both they and Historic Scotland recognise the proposed improvements as an excellent project.

"The Council has been encouraged to resubmit our applications by HLF and Historic Scotland, so we will continue to try to secure external funding.

"However, I’m very clear that even if we do not secure that funding, the £1 million set aside for regenerating Stranraer town centre will remain in place to spend in the town centre to improve key buildings”

– Cllr Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council


Christmas lights switched on in Stranraer

The Castle Square in Stranraer is packed with crowds as the Christmas lights were turned on on Saturday evening Credit: Jim Ryder
Santa arrives as crowds gathered to watch the Christmas lights being switched on at the Castle Square Credit: Jim Ryder
Children from Kirkcolm P School watch as fellow pupil Zack Ashton switches the lights on Credit: Jim Ryder

Stranraer children design poppies

Schoolchildren in Stranraer have built a memorial to the men who fell in the first and second world wars.

Each tile commemorates someone who fought in both world wars who are connected to the children at this school.

The pupils of Sheuchan primary have all designed their own poppy, which includes the name of their family members who died in conflicts.

They've created the memorial during the centenary year of the first world war to ensure they remember the lives of all those who died for their country.

Through their world war one project, they have also been learning all about life in the trenches and how the families left behind coped with their loss.

Stranraer students build memorial

Sheuchan Primary School pupils Credit: ITV News Border

Schoolchildren in Stranraer have built a permenant memorial to the men who fell in the first and second world wars.

The pupils of Sheuchan Primary School have all designed their own poppy, which includes the name of their family members who died in conflicts.

The community gathered to dedicate the new memorial Credit: ITV News Border
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