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Lockerbie tractor parade raises thousands for stillbirth charity

A tractor parade in Lockerbie has raised almost £5,000 for a stillbirth charity in Dumfries and Galloway.

Every day in the UK 15 babies die before, during or soon after birth. Dumfries and Galloway Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby.

Nearly 150 tractors took part in the rally, organised by engineer Graeme Murray, who says he's grateful for the support the charity provided for his family.

Controversial zip wire plans scrapped

Hundreds gather at Thirlmere zip wire protest Credit: ITV Border

Controversial plans for a zip wire attraction to be built across Thirlmere have been scrapped.

Treetop Trek made the announcement that they have withdrawn their planning application for the Thirlmere Activity Hub with immediate effect.

Mike Turner, Managing Director of Treetop Trek Ltd said:

We made it clear from the beginning of this process that we would not propose a scheme that was not supported by the MOD. To date we have received two contradictory communications with the MOD; one supporting the scheme and the other opposing the scheme.

The MOD’s internal investigation into Thirlmere and into what they would be happy with at Thirlmere is ongoing and unlikely to be resolved within the next eight weeks, so on that basis we are withdrawing the application.

We would like to sincerely thank all those who have supported us during this process. Their positivity has been hugely appreciated.”

– Managing Director, Treetop Trek Ltd

Campaign for National Parks, who campaigned against the planning application, have welcomed the decision.


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