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  1. Updates for Friday 20 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Monday 23 March

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Thanks for your company on the South of Scotland Live page this week.

We've really enjoyed seeing all your pictures of this morning's eclipse. We even managed to sneak out of the office to see it for ourselves.

Join us again at 09:00 on Monday for the latest from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

Touch of frost

BBC Scotland Weather


There'll be a few light showers around at first, but overnight, it'll become largely dry with long clear spells and mainly light winds.

It'll then turn quite chilly - certainly colder than last night - with temperatures dipping to 1 or 2 Celsius with a touch of frost.

Big day


Kelso racecourse

tweets: What a lovely card we have for you tomorrow, lets hope the sun will be shining! See you there with @Channel4Racing

Kelso Racecourse

David Link emails: Some snaps from a cloudy Dalbeattie.

David Link

East of Scotland ties

Coldstream, struggling at the foot of the East Premier Division, are at home to Civil Service Strollers this weekend.

Meanwhile East of Scotland First Division leaders Peebles Rovers will hope to continue their unbeaten campaign tomorrow when Eyemouth United arrive at Whitestone Park.

Other first division action features Hawick Royal Albert at home to Ormiston, Duns hosting Burntisland Shipyard and Kelso United at home to Heriot Watt.

Eclipse spectacular

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

Hundreds of people enjoyed spectacular views of

the solar eclipse in the south of Scotland.

Jeremy Hesketh/Natural Power

Forecasters had predicted that cloudy skies would obscure the view for many in the region but the clouds parted for crowds at Dumfries Museum.

Bronze battle

BBC Sport


Scotland will play in the bronze medal match at the Women's World Curling Championship

after losing their play-off with Russia in Japan.

Having beaten China 9-4 in a tie-breaker, Eve Muirhead's rink - with Dumfries and Galloway's Anna Sloan and Vicki Adams - were no match for the Russians in a 7-2 defeat.

"We're gutted with that," Muirhead told the tournament website.

Selkirk robber brandished gun

A man who threatened an elderly woman in her home had a gun,

police have confirmed.

He took cash and a car from the 80-year-old woman, who lives in the Yarrow valley area of Selkirk.

Bill Bremner emails: photographs of the eclipse taken in Dumfries.

Bill Bremner
Bill Bremner

'Big step'

Stranraer, who moved back to the top of the table with victory at Stirling in midweek - have home advantage tomorrow for their game against Airdrie.

Stephen Aitken
SNS Group

Blues boss, Stephen Aitken, says with seven games to go, they're well-placed but need to keep racking up the points.

"We have got ourselves in a great position - as have a lot of other teams," he said.

"It is going to be a tough game. We are at home, we enjoy playing at home and we will try and get the win obviously.

"If we can do that it would be a big step towards the end of the season."

Memorial wait

Southern Reporter

It has been claimed bereaved families and individuals are hanging onto ashes of cremated loved ones

until a memorial wall is set up in Kelso.

The revelation came from Kelso councillor John King at last week's meeting of the town's community council during discussions of proposals for a memorial wall and columbarium to be created in the town's Ferneyhill cemetery.

Key clash with Blue Brazil

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

Queen of the South striker Iain Russell says it's vital they take full points against league strugglers Cowdenbeath tomorrow.

The Dumfries club are in a fight for the final play-off place and go into the game at Palmerston protecting a one-point advantage over rivals Falkirk.

Iain Russell
SNS Group

"Cowdenbeath have beaten us twice this season so we know how hard that is going to be," he said.

"They've had the better of us this season.

"We need to go into the game just trying to get the three points - it doesn't, I suppose, matter too much how we play.

"It's important to win our home games against the teams below us so it's a massive game."

'Broad daylight' attack

The Annandale Observer leads with the story of a teenager who was attacked in broad daylight.

Annandale Observer
Annandale Observer

South league

In the South League tomorrow, table-topping Wigtown have home advantage for their game against Crichton. Newton Stewart, who're also in the title hunt, make the short trip to Castle Carey Park to face Creetown.

Elsewhere, it's Edusport Academy against Heston; Lochar meet Fleet Star; bottom side Nithsdale entertain Dumfries YMCA; and St Cuthbert Wanders take on Upper Annandale. In the Ayrshire District League, Kirkconnel juniors Kello Rovers are at Annbank.

Borderers ready

International rugby takes centre stage at Netherdale tonight when Scotland's Under20s take on their Irish counterparts.

Then at BT Murrayfield tomorrow Scotland, bidding to avoid the wooden spoon, face a tough task against potential champions Ireland.

Stuart Hogg

Three Borderers - Stuart Hogg, Ross Ford and skipper Greig Laidlaw are in the starting line-up - with Geoff Cross on the bench.

Lowland league

There are two Sunday fixtures in the Scottish Lowland League this weekend both involving local sides. Dalbeattie Star entertain champions-elect Edinburgh City and Threave Rovers host Edinburgh University. Meanwhile, Gretna, who're sitting second top, have no game.

On Saturday Gala Fairydean Rovers host Stirling University, whilst Selkirk welcome Spartans to Yarrow Park.

Councillor cutback?

The south of Scotland could lose six councillors,

under plans drawn up by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland.

It has proposed that Dumfries and Galloway Council reduces its membership to 43, four fewer than current levels.


Scottish Borders Council should have 32 councillors, rather than the 34 that currently make up the authority.

Play-off push

Annan Athletic remain in contention for a play-off place and tomorrow have the opportunity to leapfrog fifth-placed East Stirling when the two sides meet at Galabank.

Berwick Rangers travel to bottom side Montrose in the same division and desperately need a win to revive their hopes of fourth place.

Get involved

Jennifer Walker emails: Here are some photos of the eclipse I took this morning in Dumfries.

Solar eclipse
Jennifer Walker

Rally action

About 90 cars will line up in Jedburgh tomorrow morning for the Border Counties Rally - the second round of the Scottish championship, and also a counter in the Northern Historic series.

School extension plans

Education officials have unveiled plans to build a new extension onto one of the region's most iconic buildings.

Chirnside Primary School is regarded as amongst the best examples of 1930s architecture in the south of Scotland.

Chirnside Primary
Walter Baxter

A new extension was added last year to fit in with the art deco designs. Fresh plans for a further extension have now been tabled, which include the demolition of a toilet block to make room. A listed buildings consent application has also been submitted.

Body find 'not suspicious'

Police say they believe there are no suspicious circumstances after a man's body was found in a home in Selkirk.

They were called to Muthag Court on Wednesday evening, around 5.45pm.

The 44-year-old was found dead inside the house.

Blue Brazil warning

Queen of the South manager James Fowler warns of a tough match with Cowdenbeath on the back page of today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Road closed

A £70,000 scheme to improve the road surface on a stretch of the A7 between Galashiels and Selkirk will start this weekend.

Drivers will face diversions and delays.

Road closed sign

Work on the road at Boleside from 7.30pm to 6.30am each night from Sunday till Wednesday will mean the A7 will be closed between these times from the Kingsknowes Roundabout to Tweed Bridge.

Borders rugby

Local sides are in action in National League One with Jed-Forest on the road to Dundee and Kelso taking a shorter journey to Biggar.

Police raids

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard is out today and leads on police raids in the region.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Poultry plans

There's opposition to plans for the construction of four poultry breeding units near Lochmaben which would have the capacity to accommodate almost 40,000 chicks.

The application to develop a site on land to the north west of Blackrig Farm has attracted more than 140 objections.

However, council planning officials are recommending approval.

Abi's award

A teenage carer

has received an award for heroism, after saving the lives of her mother and younger brother.

Award winner
Helen Barrington

Abi Wardle, 16, from Galashiels, was given The Annie Dow Heroism Award (TADHA) and £2,500 in Edinburgh on Thursday.

Brighter spells

BBC Scotland Weather


It'll stay mostly cloudy across the southwest and the Borders, but a few brighter spells will begin to break through, particularly towards the end of the afternoon.

Temperatures will reach around 10 Celsius, but it will feel cool at times, with a light to moderate northwesterly breeze.

Tune in

Don't forget the Dumfries and Selkirk radio news bulletins are on at 12:00 today with a mix of international, national and local news.

More to come for the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway at 16:30 and 17:30.

Eclipse event a success

Siobhan Ratchford, curator of Dumfries Museum, said the eclipse-watching event had been a great success.

Dozens of people watched the eclipse at Dumfries Museum

She said: "I think it's been brilliant. We have been so lucky with the weather.

"Everyone's enjoyed it. Its really quite special to see so much of the passage of the moon across the sun.

"I think because the weather forecast was so bad, we thought people wouldn't come, but it's been amazing."

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Sue Grant emails: Getting ready for the eclipse in Moniaive, Dumfries and Galloway.

Eclipse boxes
Sue Grant

'Really lucky'

Lindsay McCormick, treasurer of the Dumfries Astronomy Society, said the crowds at Dumfries Museum had been "really lucky" to get a good view of the eclipse.

Lindsay Mccormick

"It was cloudy early on but there have been some really good breaks in the cloud," she said. "We have seen most of what we wanted to see.

"We had people here last night, families making their pin hole viewers. They have all been quite excited that they have been able to view the eclipse.

"It's been amazing, it's gone really cold and there's a lovely rainbow in the sky behind us."

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Paul Travis, of Dolphinton, emails: The clouds parted just in time to get these shots. Great excitement for a Friday morning!

Solar eclipse
PAul Travis


tweets: @BBCSouthScot #eclipse2015 from Dumfries

Solar eclipse
Matt Currie

'Exciting' eclipse

Brothers Oscar, 11, and Merlin, nine, built a pin-hole viewer with a tube to view the eclipse.

Merlin and Oscar Moore
Oscar and Merlin witness the eclipse at Dumfries Museum

Oscar said: "The longer the tube, the bigger the picture. It's not compared to the size of the pinhole; the smaller the hole, the sharper the image.

"We're here to witness the event with lots of other people because it's more exciting. We're not going to get another chance for years."

Pin-hole viewer

Students Fenne Van Den Heuvel, 21, and Max Zauner, 24, constructed a pin-hole viewer to view the eclipse.

Fenne Van Den Heuvel and Max Zauner

Mr Zauner said: "We made this about 10 minutes before we left and we came to the museum because it's about the nicest place in Dumfries for things like this."

Eye strain?

Student Hugo Moreno, who is originally from Mexico City, was trying to use a colander to view the eclipse at Dumfries Museum.

Hugo Moreno
Hugo Moreno tried to use a colander to view the eclipse

"For me it's a wonderful experience because I remember my last one in Mexico in the late 1990s when I was seven years old," he said.

"I am here with my friends from university and it is a very different experience."

Get involved - solar eclipse

Alan Campbell emails: Thought you might use these photos taken with an ordinary digital camera from my bedroom window in Heathhall, Dumfries.

I thought I was going to miss the eclipse due to the cloud cover but it managed to peep through the clouds.

ALAn Campbell

Claire Beattie in Lockerbie emails: Great to see everyone engaging in this rare phenomenon, but difficult to photograph unfortunately.

Solar eclipse
Claire Beattie

'Wonderful chance'

Andrew Almond travelled from the University of Manchester to see the eclipse in Dumfries with his young family.

Andrew Almond and his family
Andrew Almond was at Dumfries museum with his family

He said: "We wanted to come north to get a better view and we have been pretty surprised about the weather. It was predicted to be cloudy and then we got this and it's amazing."

Retired nurse Veronica Conley was also among the crowds outside Dumfries Museum.

She said: "We are here because it's a once in a lifetime chance. I actually came here because I just live across the street.

"It's a wonderful chance and I might never see it again."