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Queen's new pitch unveiled next season

Work starts this week to dig up the old turf pitch at Queen of the South and replace it with a new 3G surface.

The Palmerston Park ground, home of Queens since 1919, will be the latest club in South West Scotland to get a new artificial pitch - Annan Athletic ditched grass last year.

It'll cost £500,000 with Dumfries and Galloway Council paying £225,000 towards the cost, matched by SportScotland. The club is paying a further £60,000.

Doonhamer fans have been buying pieces of the old turf at £10 per square yard to help raise some of the costs.

The club says the new pitch will mean that community groups and children from local clubs and schools will be able to use the facilities during the week when the Queen of the South team don't need it.