"I think it will be excellent for Dumfries, and hopefully put the Whitesands back where it should be, as a pinnacle part of the town centre, and the Chandalese approach that we have with the trees and people rather than cars, I think will be very positive."
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Emma Jesson brings you Saturday night's forecast
The Pirelli Rally began with a ceremonial start at the tyre manufacturer's Carlisle factory.
Torrential rain in the run up to today's crucial play off game between Salford City and Workington Reds.