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Mountain biking to give Tweed Valley tourism a push

Credit: JONATHAN HAYWARD

A new group aimed at boosting tourism in the Tweed Valley on the back of the mountain biking industry has been formed.

The Tweed Valley Mountain Biking Stakeholder Group - made up of representatives from a wide range of organisations including Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Enterprise and Forestry Commission Scotland - held its first meeting last week.

By developing the opportunities associated with mountain biking in the area the group, which will meet regularly over the coming months, hopes to encourage more tourists to visit the Tweed Valley and enhance the local economy.

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New rescue dog finds unconscious missing person

Handler John with dog Rauour Credit: Mark Hogarth/Pawsed Photography

Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team found a missing woman last night with the help of a new rescue dog.

Three-year-old Rauour and handler John, a member of Tweed Valley MRT, found the unconscious woman at 8pm after a three hour search in the Innerleithen area.

Because of the woman’s dark clothing and distance into the woodland, the Mountain Rescue Team claim it was Rauour’s sensitive nose that located the woman.

A Royal Navy Seaking Helicopter helped in the search Credit: Scott Amos

Despite the difficult conditions, a Royal Navy Seaking Helicopter from HMS Gannet was also scrambled and used its infrared camera to assist in the search.

The helicopter then airlifted the woman to hospital.

The helicopter airlifted the woman to hospital Credit: Scott Amos

Tweed Valley MRT believe Rauour helped to save the woman's life.

“The conditions were pretty bad with strong winds and driving snow – it’s a safe to say that the combined efforts of John & Rauour, Tweed Valley MRT, Police and the Royal Navy saved the woman’s life.”

– Dave Wright, Deputy Team Leader

Fundraiser for new mountain rescue vehicle

The Tweed Valley Control vehicle needs to be replaced Credit: Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team

A fundraising campaign has been launched to replace the control vehicle used by Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team.

The charity, which is made up of on-call volunteers, are asking members of the public to buy a 'virtual pint' online, by donating the cost of a pint to their cause.

They want to buy a new £60,000 state of the art vehicle, equipped with technology such as a satellite data connection, touch screen computers for search planning and the most up to date communications equipment.

The current vehicle is 15 years old.

More information can be found here.

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Cycle the Tweed... in tweed

Cyclists in the Scottish Borders are being urged to don their tweeds for a new biking event.

The Tweed Ride launched today as part of the annual TweedLove festival, in association with Homecoming Scotland.

Cyclists in their Tweeds join young cyclists to launch the Tweed Ride Credit: ITV News Border

The 10-mile ride will take place on 8 June, and will start in Peebles town centre and finish up at Traquair House, where there will be a mini-festival.

Tweed Ride launches at Traquair House Credit: ITV News Border

Organisers are encouraging those that want to take part to come decked out in tweed or period clothing.

Tweed Ride gets approval from pro

The latest cycling event to be included in the programme for the TweedLove festival has got the approval of former national mountain biking champion, Andy Barlow.

Tweed Ride is a 10-mile route through the Tweed Valley, and cyclists are encouraged to wear tweed.

Barlow said: "TweedLove is not just about the mountain biking, there is a lot of decent road cycling, there is a whole vibrant scene on the go just now, and the festival just celebrates all of it.

Andy Barlow Credit: ITV News Border

It's the finale of the two week TweedLove biking festival.

He continued: "Whole families can get involved, everyone takes something away from the day and it is just a great way to get involved with the countryside and the area."

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