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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.

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.

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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."

Tweed Ride officially launched

The Tweed Ride, an event celebrating cycling and tweed, has officially been launched

Organisers hope hundreds of riders will come dressed in their finest clothes for the event in June.

It will follow a 10 mile route through the Tweed Valley, ending at Traquair house.

The event will be the finale of this years Tweedlove bike festival.

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