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Professor is bringing distillery 'back to life'

The man behind the transformation of a whisky distillery in Dumfriesshire says he wanted to bring it 'back to life'.

Whisky hadn't been produced in Annandale for nearly 100 years, until the first cask was filled on Saturday (15th November).

Professor David Thomson and his wife Teresa Church bought the distillery in 2007.

Penrith lights up during Winter Droving Festival

People in costume join the parade Credit: ITV Border

Thousands of people lined the streets of Penrith this weekend to enjoy a colourful spectacle of lights, music and revelry.

The Winter Droving Festival which is now in its 3rd year, has quickly become a popular fixture on the local calendar and last night it drew 10 thousand people to the town.

The event is also a chance for traders to showcase Cumbrian produce and what the Eden valley has to offer.

Thousands line the street to watch Credit: ITV Border
The parade is a colourful spectacle Credit: ITV Border

Dumfriesshire distillery produces whisky again

Co-owner David Thomson cheers as the first cask is filled. Credit: ITV Border

A Dumfriesshire distillery which has not produced single malt whisky for almost 100 years has filled its first cask.

The multi-million pound transformation of Annandale distillery. Credit: ITV Border

The Annandale distillery is bringing 16 jobs to the region after being transformed into a visitor attraction in a multi-million pound development.

The first cask was filled yesterday and will be matured over 10 years.

The cask will now be matured over 10 years. Credit: ITV Border


Armistice Day: Border region remembers

Thousands of people across the Border region fell silent to remember those who fought - and fell - in defence of their country.

In streets, shops and schools, whatever they were doing people stood silent for two minutes on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Always a sobering experience, Armistice Day was loaded with extra meaning as it fell on the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Lori Carnochan has this report.

14-year-old needs £60,000 for chance to walk again

A teenager from Cumbria has been given the chance to walk again.

But his family have just a few months to raise the money for the life changing operation.

14-year-old James Burns has cerebral palsy and the muscles in his legs have stopped working properly. The procedure on his spine should make things better. His family have just seven months to raise £60,000 before he can have the life changing operation.

Matthew Taylor reports.

Click to visit James' Just Giving page.

Scottish infantrymen commemorate fallen soldier in Sierra Leone

Credit: Ministry of Defence

Scottish infantrymen have commemorated a fallen soldier who is buried in Sierra Leone.

Members of The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS) conducted a short service of remembrance and laid a wreath on the grave of Lance Serjeant Frederick Robertson, of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, who is buried in King Tom Cemetery on the coast of Freetown.

He died in Sierra Leone in 1941 while serving on attachment with The Kings African Rifles. That regiment went on to fight with distinction alongside the British in Burma and there is still a strong Burma Star Association (the campaign medal that was awarded) in Sierra Leone to this day.

The 1SCOTS soldiers conducted a short service of remembrance and laid a wreath on the grave of Lance Serjeant Robertson. Credit: Ministry of Defence

“It is an honour to be here today. This is a once in a life time opportunity to pay our respects to this fallen soldier who is buried far from home.”

– Corporal Kieran Haig, 22, from Galashiels

The Royal Scots and the Kings Own Scottish Borderers are the antecedent regiments to 1 SCOTS.

1 SCOTS are in Sierra Leone as part of the UK Government lead response to the Ebola outbreak Credit: Ministry of Defence

“On this Armistice Day as we remember all those who have gone before us, we thought it fitting that we do so at the graveside of one of our own regimental family who died here in 1941. Lance Serjeant Robertson was born and raised in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders, in the same home town and region as a number of those soldiers of B Company, 1 SCOTS gathered here today.”

– Major Nick Colquhoun, Officer Commanding B Company 1 SCOTS,

1 SCOTS are in Sierra Leone as part of the UK Government lead response to the Ebola outbreak and based just outside of the capital Freetown in the UK Head Quarters.

In pictures: Hawick remembers

Members of the public in Hawick Credit: ITV News Border

People from all across our region have come together today to mark Armistace Day. It's 100 years since the start of the First World War, and for many veterans, that made today even more poignant.

Wreaths laid in Hawick Credit: ITV News Border

Around 600 servicemen from Hawick were killed during the war, and today they were remembered at eleven o'clock.

Bill Killey lost his grandfather in the Great War as he fought in the Battle of Arras.

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