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£1m to be spent on two parks in Berwick upon Tweed

The Duchess of Northumberland has officially launched almost £1 million worth of lottery funded improvements at Castle Vale and Coronation Parks in Berwick upon Tweed.

The Duchess cut ribbons in each of the parks.

The Berwick Parks Project was set up to revitalise the two parks which sit on either side of Berwick’s train station.

Kate Morison, parks development officer; Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland; Cllr Isabel Hunter, mayor of Berwick-upon-Tweed; Cllr Kathy Graham, civic head of Northumberland County Council and Berwick Parks volunteer Jennifer Mosley. Credit: Northumberland County Council

“Our recent report, State of UK Public Parks 2014, confirmed just how valued public parks are by people and communities and how essential they are to our physical and emotional well-being. That’s why HLF and Big Lottery Fund have invested more than £700million in parks since 1996. The report also highlighted that parks face an uncertain future so it’s exciting to see communities working together to restore parks such as Castle Vale and Coronation parks in Berwick-upon-Tweed so generations to come can continue to enjoy and benefit from them.”

– Ivor Crowther, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North East

Man arrested after tractor theft

Police are appealing for information after a tractor was stolen in Northumberland.

The theft happened at just after 12.15am, on the Tweedside Trading Estate, in Tweedmouth, Berwick, on Sunday, July 20.

The offender entered the yard before driving away across fields with the green John Deere tractor.

A 42-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and bailed pending further enquiries.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward as the investigation into the theft continues.

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Rugby star in 'good luck' message to Learmonth

Scotland and British & Irish Lions rugby star Stuart Hogg has given his support to Berwick runner Guy Learmonth ahead of tonight's Men's 800m final.

Hogg and Learmonth played rugby union together as juniors for Border Reivers.

Learmonth hails "amazing" Commonwealth Games debut

Berwick runner Guy Learmonth says competing in the Men's 800m Heats this afternoon was "amazing".

The 22-year-old, who was making his Commonwealth Games debut, finished 4th in Round One Heat One but qualified for Wednesday's Semi-Finals as fastest loser with a time of 1 minute 47.85 seconds.

Learmonth was also in the same Heat as Olympic champion and world record Holder David Rudisha. The Kenyan won the Heat with a time of 1 minute 46.89 seconds.

When asked what it was like to compete against Rudisha, Learmonth said:

Amazing, although running in that stadium with 45,000 Scots screaming for me was even better. Now for Round Two tomorrow

– Guy Learmonth, Men's 800m runner

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Osborne: "compelling" case for upgrading the A1

The Chancellor George Osborne said there was a "compelling argument" for improving the A1 between Newcastle and the Scottish Borders.

Campaigners have been arguing for years that the road should be made into a dual carriageway all the way along.

"The investment is going into transport - you have seen that in some of the improvements to the A1 around Newcastle - but there is a question then of the road up to the Scottish border.

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"I have heard the compelling argument for improving the A1: let's wait for the results of our study, which is not far off, and see if we can make this a real commitment."

– George Osborne MP, Chancellor.

On the rocks: Osborne tastes whisky in Berwick

The Chancellor George Osborne has been tasting whisky at a 150-year-old business in Berwick-upon-Tweed, as he announced a programme of investment for rural businesses.

He chose to make the announcement at Simpson's Malt, which has invested £90m in its malting businesses over the last 30 years.

George Osborne joins local figures in Berwick

Osborne offers cash for North East rural businesses

The Chancellor George Osborne is visiting Berwick to announce extra funding that he said will support business growth in the North East from 2015, especially in rural areas.

Businesses in County Durham, Gateshead and Northumberland will be able to apply for grants from two funds, worth £22.5m.

The money is a combination of government money, private sector funding and European investment.

It could pay for the development of workspaces, investment in tourist attractions and accommodation, or investment in new equipment to help small businesses grow, where they have struggled to raise money from other sources.

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