David Stark says the procession in Hawick has made the town feel part of the Torch rely celebrations despite not being on the official route.
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Both Whitehaven and Workington were comprehensively beaten, on the first day of the Championship season.
Thousands of people are visiting the Lake District this weekend, for the annual Big Chill Swim event.
The Met Office have named the 9th storm of the season Storm Imogen. This will hardly impact the ITV Border region