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Bladnoch whisky distillery for sale

Twenty years after it was saved from closure the Bladnoch whiskey distillery near Wigtown is up for sale once more.

The company, which is financially sound, was put in the hands of receivers on Monday and the business is to be sold as a going concern.

It has been run for the past two decades by Raymond Armstrong and his wife who own a 50% share of the business.

"I'm very sad about the way it has all ended, we didn't want to sell. My wife and I have enjoyed our Scottish adventure. It has been a great challenge but we have enjoyed it.

"The staff are naturally worried about their jobs but they are a great and dedicated workforce and I see no reason why new owners wouldn't keep them on.

"The company is profitable so I'm sure someone will want to buy it."

– Raymond Armstrong

Accountants Ernst and and Young have been appointed to sell the distillery.


Support goes international for Wigtown library

An online petition set up to stop Dumfries and Galloway Council cutting library opening hours in Scotland's only book town has gone international.

People from around the world have signed the petition to save Wigtown library.

A meeting will be held by the council on Thursday to decide the issue, but locals say the library is the hub of the community and needs to stay.

Fiona McIlwraith reports.

"For most authors, coming to Wigtown is a highlight of the year"

"Wigtown treats the authors very well, when you go into the green room and seeing lobsters laid out and all the kind of local produce that Wigtown specialises in, their eyes just light up, it is unlike other book festivals, people come here because it is so idiosyncratic, because you will get events here that you won't get anywhere else and for most of the authors I know, coming to Wigtown is a highlight of the year."

– Stuart Kelly, Author.

"We have got 180 events, some of the best writers in Britain coming, we have got people like Joanna Lumley, Jeremy Bowen as well. We have also got food, visual arts, exhibitions, street entertainment"Stuart Kelly, Author:

– Adrian Turpin, director of the Wigtown Book Festival.


Wigtown Book Festival begins

Children enjoying the book festival Credit: Wigtown Book Fair

Wigtown Book Festival gets underway today, with over 200 events taking place in the town over the next ten days.

The festival takes place in Scotland's National Book Town, which boasts sixteen book shops.

Anne Applebaum, Joanna Lumley, Fred MacAulay, and Peter Snow are among the literary giants taking part in the fair.

Spate of tools thefts in Dumfries and Galloway

Police are appealing for witnesses following a spate of tool thefts in Dumfries and Galloway.

Four vans were broken into in Wigtown, with chainsaws, Stihls, drills, saws and nail guns among the items stolen.

The following vans were broken into:

  • A white Citroen Van, parked on the High Street, was broken into between 1am and 7am on 24th September
  • An Iveco van, parked on Lochancroft Lane, was broken into between 6.15pm on 19th September and 6.40am on 24th September
  • A Citroen Relay van, parked in New Road car park, between 6.30pm on 23rd September and 8.30am on 24th September
  • A white Citroen Relay van, broken into on Lochancroft Lane, between 4.45pm on 23rd September and 7.45am on 24th September

If you have any information about a specific crime you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online here.

If your call is not an emergency call 101.

Full Report: Record-breaking guest at Wigtown Show

It is just over four months since the worst snow storms in living memory hit parts of Southern Scotland causing devastation for local farmers.

Some of those same farmers say they are making a recovery, and today they attended one of the area's biggest agricultural shows.

And along with the usual sheep and cows, this year's special guest at the Wigtown Show was none other than a record-breaking duck, as Matthew Taylor reports.

Watch his full report below.

"Big Dave" the duck is Wigtown Show's prizegiver

"Big Dave" the duck is at the Wigtown Agricultural Show in South West Scotland today to help with the prize giving.

As the most expensive duck in the country, having sold for a whopping £1500 last year, he has been making quite an impression at the show.

Here he is with his owner Graham Hicks:

Big Dave is making quite an impression at the show Credit: ITV News
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