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Dumfries & Borders

Produce Investments hit by recall and closure costs

Scottish potatoes and daffodils supplier Produce Investments has seen its profits more than halve after counting the cost of a product recall and the closure of a packing facility in Kent.

Farming
A statue of William Wallace. Pic Ian Rutherford

Selkirk starts William Wallace celebrations with procession

Tourism chiefs are promoting links to Sir William Wallace in a bid to attract more visitors to an historic town.

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The Great Tapestry on show at the Scottish Parliament. Picture: SWNS

Great Tapestry of Scotland’s future to be decided

The future of the Great Tapestry of Scotland is set to be decided at a private meeting.

People & Places
Herne with his steed, hounds and owl, illustrated by George Cruikshank, c.1843. Picture: SWNS

Scots pagan loses battle to create shrine to forest god Herne

A pagan is at loggerheads with planning officials after they refused permission for a sacred shrine to an ancient antler-headed forest god.

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There is only one micro pub in Scotland

Scotland’s micropub listed in beer “Bible”

Scotland’s first - and only - “micro pub”, set up in a former knitting shop in Kelso, has been named in the Good Beer Guide.

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Sir Walter Scott. Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

On this day in 1832 - Scots novelist Sir Walter Scott dies

THE famous Scottish Novelist Sir Walter Scott has long been considered the inventor of the historical novel.

News
Three types of lead sling shot found at Burnswark - part of the largest ever in situ find of lead sling shot bullets from anywhere in the Roman Empire. PIC Contributed.

Largest haul of Roman bullets found in Scotland

Around 400 lead sling shot bullets have been found at an ancient Roman hill fort in Scotland - the largest single haul of its type in the Roman Empire.

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Fraser Patterson, chief executive of Sportswise (Borders). Picture: Contributed

Monday interview: Fraser Patterson of Sportswise (Borders)

Borders rugby retailer poised to tackle much bigger share of sporting market with key deal

Retail
The Book Shop in Wigtown. Picture: Robert Perry

T in the Park-style campsite for Wigtown Book Festival

Wigtown Book Festival is joining events like T in the Park and Glastonbury by setting up a visitor campsite.

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Picture: John Devlin

Hay and machinery sheds damaged in Borders farm blaze

AROUND 40 firefighters worked through the night to tackle a large blaze at a Borders farm.

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Failure to get its projections right means Transport Scotland has left the successful Borders Railway seriously short of the proper facilities. Picture: Ian Rutherford

David Spaven: Quango manages to derail Borders success story

This day last year marked one of the most remarkable achievements in British railway history. The opening of the line to Tweedbank ended the Scottish Borders’ unwanted 46-year status as the only region of Britain without a train service – with the 30½ miles of new Borders Railway constituting the longest line ever re-opened in the country.

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Findra founder Alex Feechan. Picture: Becky Henderson

Bike-wear brand Findra lands £200,000 investment

A Borders-based bike-wear and outdoor clothing brand has attracted six-figure investment as it looks to scale up and target new international markets.

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Picture: Ian Rutherford

Demand leads to call for extension of Borders Railway

Campaigners are calling for a further extension to the Borders Railway on the first anniversary of its successful reopening.

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Police issue appeal for witnesses to bike crash. Picture: John Devlin

Appeal after fatal bike crash in Dumfries and Galloway

POLICE investigating a fatal bike crash in Dumfries and Galloway want to speak to a car driver who was in the area at the time.

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Penman supplies armoured vehicles for military customers and those involved in transporting cash. Picture: Contributed

Progress in efforts to safeguard vehicle firm Penman

Steps to save armoured-vehicle manufacturer Penman Engineering, which entered administration on Wednesday, stepped up a gear yesterday in a bid to safeguard the firm’s workforce of about 140.

Companies
Christine Grahame has written to Tesco to question the decision. Picture: Andrew Cowan

MSP writes to Tesco chief over Saltire removal from fruit

AN SNP MSP has written to Tesco over the grocery chain’s decision to remove Saltire symbols from its packaging in England.

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Controlling bracken is a major job for farmers. Picture: Contributed

Breaking back of bracken needs brains and brawn

It has been estimated that the area of Scotland covered by bracken has increased by 25 per cent in the past decade and many hillsides and remote areas of the country are now dominated by the aggressive fern.

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Shaf Rasul said the deal marks a 'major strategic investment' for his SRA Ventures arm. Picture: Contributed

Shaf Rasul buys industrial sites in multi-million deal

A property investment specialist founded by Scots entrepreneur Shaf Rasul is set to regenerate two key industrial estates after concluding missives to buy both in a multi-million-pound deal.

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Battle of Dunbar Scots to be commemorated. Picture: Richard Annis / Durham Univeristy

No return to Scotland for 1650 Battle of Dunbar prisoners

The remains of Scottish prisoners of war who died after being captured by Oliver Cromwell’s troops following the Battle of Dunbar nearly 400 years ago will not be reburied north of the Border, archaeologists have announced.

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Tobermory is the largest settlement on the isle of Mull. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

Five quiet corners of Scotland ideal for a staycation

SCOTLAND is said to be a land of contrasts. From the Highlands of the north to the Lowlands of the south, with innumerable islands and inlets dotted along its coast, there is always somewhere new to explore.

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