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WATCH: Stranraer's big moment

Stranraer could be promoted to the Scottish Championship for the first time if they can win at the weekend, and other results go their way.

The Blues have been struggling with Greenock Morton and Forfar for the League One title all season.

With two games left, including tomorrow's match against Morton, their fate is in their own hands.

As Ryan Dollard found out, excitement is building:


Quad bikes stolen from Stranraer

Police Scotland

Quad bikes worth around £6,000 have been stolen from farms in Stranraer.

A red Suzuki quad was taken from a farm at Drummore, and a red Honda quad was taken from a farm at Stoneykirk, late on Sunday 12 April, or early on the following Monday.

Last week, two quad bikes and a Land Rover Defender were stolen from the Stewartry area.

Police Scotland are asking anyone with information to contact them.

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
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