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Fundraiser for Cumbrian stranded in India

The family of a man from Cumbria, who's been stranded in India for a year, want the UK Government to put more pressure on the Indian authorities.

An event was held in Wigton yesterday to raise money for John Armstrong, who was arrested on firearms offences while working as a security guard, protecting ships from piracy.

But his family say they're not being told enough about what is happening to try to get him home.

Neil Billingham reports.

Bowling club packed to support local man

It's a year since a Cumbrian security guard was arrested in India on suspected firearms offences.

John Armstrong, from Wigton, had been carrying out anti-piracy work on an American-owned ship and was arrested while in port in Chennai along with his colleagues.

Despite being freed from prison and the charges being dropped the authorities are challenging the decision which means he is unable to leave the country.

His family in friends in Wigton have a held a fundraiser to try to help him pay his ongoing costs in India, including hotel bills and legal fees. They packed the town's bowling club to show their support for him.


Watch: Salmon jumping at Murray Cauld

The new fish pass on the Ettrick river allows salmon and other fish a safer passage up Murray Cauld.

The Cauld, or weir, is a 165-year-old structure that has recently been renovated.

Usually, visitors to the Cauld can see salmon jumping during autumn and spring time.

While they still jump when river levels are high, they can now easily swim up the fish pass to reach their spawning ground instead.

Watch Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre footage of salmon jumping here:

Salmon migration on Ettrick given a helping hand

Murray Cauld on the Ettrick water Credit: ITV Border

The annual migration of salmon on the Ettrick water is in full swing after recent heavy rainfall.

Each year, salmon make their way upstream to spawning ground, battling elements including passing through the Murray Cauld.

But while salmon can usually be seen jumping over the large weir, this year the new Lariner fish pass allows salmon easier access to their spawning grounds.

The fish pass is part of a multi-million pound upgrade of the cauld, which includes a hydro-electric station.

The Philiphaugh estate say the fish pass is working well. .

The new Lariner fish pass Credit: ITV Border
Salmon viewing centre footage of jumping salmon Credit: Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre


'Bookshops are the best place to discover books'

The owner of a Borders bookshop is encouraging shoppers to buy books from the shelves when they see them, rather than online.

Rosamund De La Hey, who owns The Mainstreet Trading Company bookshop and cafe in St Boswells, is supporting the Books are my Bag campaign.

Three writers in residence were at the shop on Saturday (October 11th) to lend their support.

Authors help promote bookshops in Borders

Authors and illustrators meet customers at the Mainstreet Trading Company Credit: ITV Border

A Borders bookshop has been involved in a campaign encouraging people to buy their novels from shops on the high street.

The Mainstreet Trading Company in St Bowells had writers and illustrators in the shop to sign their books.

Maggie O’Farrell, Vivian French & Catherine Rayner helped to launch the Books are my Bag event.

It was part of a nationwide campaign encouraging people to buy from bookshops

writer and illustrator Catherine Rayner signs a book Credit: ITV Border
Illustrator Catherine Rayner at work Credit: ITV Border

Stained glass lights up Lauder Hall

The stained glass window at Lauder Public Hall Credit: ITV Border

A stained glass window designed by school pupils has been unveiled at Lauder Public Hall.

The window depicts scenes from Lauder Common Riding, around a picture of Mary and Jesus.

The window design includes Lauder Town Hall, a footballer, sheep and horses and riders taking part in the annual common riding festival.

The window was designed by 4 Lauder Primary pupils in 2012: Ben Weir, Gabriella Purves, Eve Lee and Finlay Anderson.

They were at the unveiling of the window along with Lauder Primary School pupils and parents on Friday morning.

Primary school pupils sing before the unveiling Credit: ITV Border
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