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Selkirk FC provides poetry in motion

Thomas Clark pens a poem Credit: ITV Border

The new poet in residence at Selkirk Football Club has already penned two poems about being a fan of the Lowland Football League club.

Thomas Clark says there is much more 'romanticism and poetry' in the smaller clubs, and they are a great inspiration for his writing.

Here are two of his poems:

Take Shelter

It’s Scottish Cup day in Selkirk

An aw things are richt;

The redness on the leaves like yon,

The shinin on the watter like yon.

Och, it is a perfect day,

A joke for the guyin o the cynic an the pessimist

Wha woke up sure it would be comin doon;

An no a clood in the sky, nor a drap on the breeze,

Hints at the troubles aheid.

– Thomas Clark

The Timin o the Run

Leavin the pub at hauf past two is plenty,

Take in the fine delights

O the river’s stroll tae Philiphaugh. How quiet it is. How the leaf-lined streets

Barely betray a passer-by.

Even when the rugby boys are at hame,

An their grund is dotted wi blue an red,

Whit guilty pleasure! Walkin on by their gate,

Like passin a rival kirk en route tae mass.

An so we dawdle, in oor watch-checkin way,

Pickin up pace as three comes near,

Turnin the corner at the cricket club

An steppin intae Yarrow Park;

An as the ref blaws his whistle

An the captain claps his hauns,

It’s as if the Souters

Have been stood there aw day,

Waitin for you tae show up.

– Thomas Clark

Selkirk Football Club appoints poet

Thomas Clark pens a poem with inspiration from young players Credit: ITV Border

Selkirk Football Club has become the first in Scotland to combine the beautiful game and the written word with its very own poet in residence.

Award-winning poet Thomas Clark, who lives in Hawick, has become the club's latest signing.

He will write poetry for the club's programme and website, and he hopes his words will inspire the team to do well in the Scottish Cup.

He said:

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What I am looking to do is reflect the Borders pride and tradition in my poetry, and specifically the pride and tradition of Selkirk FC. The good times and bad times, because that's a big part of football. Anyone can support Real Madrid when they are winning Champions League after Champions League but for me the real poetry and romance in poetry is here, not at the big clubs.

– Thomas Clark, Selkirk FC poet in residence
Selkirk FC's poet in residence Thomas Clark Credit: ITV Border

Selkirk FC chairman Ross Anderson says he hopes the new signing will encourage more people to watch football.

Football is a diverse sport with a diverse audience and we thought this was a great idea. We hope it will encourage more people from all walks of life to watch football because there is more than just the sport on the pitch. There is loads of opportunities on and off it.

– Ross Anderson, Selkirk FC Chairman

Cumbrian man's trial in India hit by delay

John Armstrong. Credit: ITV Border

The trial of a Cumbrian man in India has been hit by a further delay.

John Armstrong, and five other British men, were arrested for suspected weapons offences in October 2013, while working as anti-piracy guards.

The charges against them were dropped, but an appeal from the Indian police was upheld.

The men were due in court today to enter a plea, and possibly get a date for the trial.

However, ITV Border understands that after a 13-hour bus trip to the court, the men were told they will have to return on Friday (7 August).

It's because a crew member from India (who is amongst those accused) did not show up to the hearing.

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Fish producer 'vulnerable' due to Calais crisis

Lorries parked as part of Operation Stack on the M20 southbound (left hand side) near Ashford, Kent Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Managing Director of a Seafood producer in the Scottish Borders says they've been left vulnerable by travel problems around the Channel Tunnel.

James Cook from Eyemouth based DR Collin and Sons says the company has been badly affected as their produce is not getting to customers on time.

Some of his drivers have spent hours waiting in traffic to get to Calais.

We sell high value premium quality, and we are finding it’s missing markets, customers are walking away from orders, cutting orders, leaving us with the product, so we are then having to discount quite heavily just to find a sale, otherwise we would have to pay just to have the product removed and destroyed so we are in very exposed and tenuous position here and we feel very vulnerable to all the problems that are being inflicted upon us."

– James Cook, Managing Director, DR Collin and Sons

Date set for lifeboat station closure

The controversial closure plan has attracted widespread local criticism Credit: ITV Border

A Scottish Borders lifeboat station will close in September.

The RNLI today announced that the station in St Abbs, which has been in existence for more than a hundred years, will shut on the eighth of September despite a local campaign to keep it open. The RNLI says its station at Eyemouth, two miles away, can cover the area effectively with the addition of a new inshore lifeboat.

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