Shop owners in the Borders have boarded up their windows in true Hand Ba' tradition, ahead of the main competition.
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Vigils have been held in the region to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme.
Vigils will take place across the region tonight to remember those who fought in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.
In our Political Editor's latest blog; the Holyrood recess will be used to look at options for the future with the UK outside the EU.