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Weeping poppies on display at Sorbie Tower

Credit: Chris Hanna

A weeping window of poppies is on display at Sorbie Tower near Wigtown.

The display has been organised by tower warden Steve Hanna, with all proceeds going to the Poppy Scotland Appeal.

Visitors to the tower are able to buy a hand-knitted poppy and add it to the hundreds of others which are attached to the walls and windows.

Credit: Chris Hanna

The crocheted and knitted poppies have come from the Women's Institute and Cumbrian Museum, and are available to buy at the tower.

The poppies will be sent to their owners after the display comes down, following Remembrance Sunday.

The tower will be open to visitors wishing to purchase poppies on Sunday 5th November, Saturday 11th November and Sunday 12th November.

Credit: Chris Hanna

Last dispatch rider of WW2 heading to London for Remembrance Sunday

A 96-year-old veteran, who may be the last living motorcycle dispatch rider from World War Two, is making his way to London this weekend for the Remembrance Sunday memorial service.

Alan Johnson from Cockermouth delivered messages for General Montgomery during the North Africa campaign and only hung up his crash helmet at the age of 90 following a stroke:

I think that I should meet some of my colleagues, my comrades. but since that I was a bit older than a lot of them and I am now very old it is hardly likely. But I would love to meet one or two of them.

– Alan Johnson


Thousands attend Carlisle's Remembrance Sunday parade

Veterans and dignitaries gather to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Thousands of people gathered in Carlisle to join veterans, members of the armed forces, cadets and dignitaries in paying their respects to those who died for their country.

The service reflected on the deaths of those who died fighting in World War One and every war since.

During the two minutes silence the city centre fell quiet, the wind and rain making the only sounds.

Wreaths were placed on the cenotaph Credit: ITV Border

PICTURES: Remembrance Sunday in Dumfries

Hundreds turned out for memorial services in Dumfries Credit: ITV News Border

Hundreds of people braved the driving wind and rain in Dumfries to remember those who gave their lives during war.

Politicians, councillors, veterans and members of the public gathered at various war memorials across the town to pay their respects.

Wreaths were laid at the war memorial Credit: ITV News Border

The service fell silent for two minutes at 11 o'clock, to mark the end of the war.

The two minute silence Credit: ITV News Border

To officially end the service, the marching band and parade of veterans took place.

The parade of veterans Credit: ITV News Border

Everybody who attended the service had their own reasons for being there, some to remember fallen loved ones, others to say thank you to the soldiers fighting wars today.

For the 2015 Guid Nychburris Cornet, Ross Hyslop, it was about remembrance and tradition.

"Despite the terrible weather it's great to see so many people here to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"For myself, being Cornet, the history of Guid Nychburris is that it was traditionally always a soldier who was elected as Cornet, so it was very important for me to be here today."

– Ross Hyslop, 2015 Dumfries Cornet
Ross Hyslop, Dumfries Cornet 2015 Credit: ITV News Border


Poppy tins stolen

Collection tins for the Poppy appeal have been stolen from three hotels in the Scottish Borders.

The thefts have been condemned by police who are trying to determine if the same person is responsible for each theft.

The thefts happened at the Townhouse, the George and Abbotsford and Burt's hotel in High Street Melrose over 5 days. A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said:

"We are trying to establish whether the thefts are linked. This is a particularly mean crime. Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact the police."

– Lothian and Borders police spokesman

John Lamont MSP: "We owe a huge debt to all of those who have fought so bravely"

Borders MSP John Lamont marked Remembrance Sunday by taking part in a ceremony in his home town of Coldstream.

“We owe a huge debt to all of those who have fought so bravely for our country over the years. Some have made the ultimate sacrifice to provide us with safety and protection and it is only proper that we mark these efforts each and every year.

“I sincerely hope that everyone in the Borders found time to honour their memory, whether through attending a ceremony or by observing the two minutes silence. When these men and women have given so much to us it is the least that we can do.

– Borders MSP John Lamont
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