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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 1 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday 5 May

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Nichola Rutherford

BBC Scotland

That's it for the Live page for this week.

We'll be back on Tuesday at 9am. Have a good weekend.

A fine end to the day

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

This evening and tonight will see a fine end to the day across the region.

It's then dry with some clear spells during the first part of the night, with temperatures dipping close to freezing in the Borders.

Light winds will freshen from the south east through the early hours across the Galloway coast, and cloud will steadily increase from the West too. Temperatures will dip to around 4C in the south-west.

Bright star

A 17-year-old wheelchair racer from Dumfriesshire is fast becoming one of the brightest stars in Scottish sport.

Shelby Watson
Shelby Watson/ Twitter

Shelby Watson from Johnstonebridge - who has cerebral palsy - is already ranked second in the world and first in the UK in the T33 wheelchair category - having only taken up the sport last year.

Last Sunday, she finished first in her class in the London Mini Marathon, and will represent Scotland at a world games event in Nottingham later this year.

She was interviewed by Gary Robertson on BBC Radio Scotland this morning. Listen again

here.

Bonnie Prince Charlie film's score

The Daily Telegraph

The Queen's former composer has been tempted back to write his first film score in 40 years, for

a new drama about Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who has recently retired from the post of Master of the Queen's Music, is to write the music for a film about Bonnie Prince Charlie, which will include the biggest battle scene ever shot in Scotland.

It is expected to be filmed near Stranraer.

Disruption in store

Peeblesshire News

Working hours have been extended on the Borders Railway project

to ensure it can be completed on time and on budget.

After years of planning and building works, the £295 million construction project is due to be finished in less than six weeks.

However, there is still lots of work to do - and rail chiefs have warned of more disruption ahead.

Your pictures

There's a

wide variety of pictures in our photo gallery this week, including this one of the Belt of Venus, an arch of pink light, over the Solway Firth.

It was sent in by John M Dawson, from Edinburgh.

Solway Firth
John M Dawson

Radio Times

Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30 to hear the last local new bulletins of the week, broadcast from Dumfries and Selkirk.

'A work of fiction'

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Music megastar Calvin Harris has

rubbished an unauthorised book on his life.

And in a Twitter rant this week he accused author Douglas Wight of penning "a work of fiction".

Calvin Harris
Sony Music

Sevens head to Kelso

The AM:PM Kings of the 7s circuit moves to Kelso tomorrow and then Earlston on Sunday, and traditionally it's this weekend where we find out who is going to be in the mix for the tournament at the end of the season.

Rugby ball
Thinkstock

At the moment it is Gala who are well ahead, 20 points clear of second-placed Jedforest.

Cricketing clashes

The cricket season gets under way tomorrow for Dumfries and Galloway sides, with Dumfries at home to Uddingston in the Western Union Premier Division.

Reserve side, Nunholm head to Bothwell. St Michael's and Galloway firsts are both away, for their opening fixtures with the reserve sides at home.

Other football

In South football, Nithsdale Wanderers are at home to Newton Stewart in the first round of the Cree Lodge Cup. And Crichton, St Cuthbert Wanderers and Upper Annandale all have home advantage for their Potts Cup 1st and 2nd round ties.

Football
Thinkstock

In the first round match - South champions Wigtown and Bladnoch are Upper Annandale's opponents.

While in the second round, Mid Annandale are the visitors to Dumfries High to play Crichton and Edusport make the trip to play Saints.

And in the Ayrshire District League, Kello Rovers are away to Craigmark Burntonians.

Team of the year

‏@OfficialQosFC

Queen of the South

tweets: Well done @GavinReilly93 for making the @PFAScotland Championship Team of the Year.
http://bit.ly/1dANCBK

Point-to-point appointment

The Lauderdale point-to-point is staged at Mosshouses, just north of Galashiels, tomorrow.

The first race is at 2pm with the ponies off at 1pm.

Borders cricket action

It's week two of the East of Scotland cricket leagues this weekend.

Cricket ball
Thinkstock

Division one sees Gala host Kelso and St Boswells travel to Heriots. Selkirk are also on the road, to Royal High Corstrorphine, in division three.

The division five card sees Peebles County away to Falkland. Hawick and Wilton entertain Dunbar and Melrose head for Livingston in division six.

Helicopter Saturday

@spfl

The Scottish Professional Football League

tweets: #SPFL L1 trophy ready for #HelicopterSaturday. Who are you backing? @Morton_FC, @ForfarAthletic or @StranraerFC?

trophy
SPFL

Cycling celebration

Hundreds of cycling enthusiasts

are expected to descend on a Borders town for a series of mountain bike events.

Cycling
Ian Linton Photography

The sport will be celebrated at The Selkirk Bike Festival this evening, when stunt riders will showcase some of their best tricks.

The town's High Street will be closed to traffic to allow families to take part in bike activities safely.

Final minute heartbreak

Border Telegraph

Melrose Head Coach John Dalziel revealed

losing the Scottish championship to Heriot's in the final minute of the match was "heart-breaking".

However, he warned the Greenyards side would be doing all it could to wrest the title back from them next season.

Fishy business

@Galloway_FT

The Galloway Fisheries Trust

tweets: Out replacing the refurbished camera on the #Vaki fish counter at #Tongland

Galloway Fisheries Trust
Galloway Fisheries Trust

Lowland League clashes

In the Lowland League, Gala Fairydean Rovers entertain Gretna whilst Vale of Leithen journey to Dalbeattie Star.

Coldstream host Spartans in the East Premier Division.

Get in touch

dumfries@bbc.co.uk

Dumfries was blooming in the May sunshine this lunchtime.

Dumfries
Nichola Rutherford

Send your pictures of the region to

dumfries@bbc.co.uk,
selkirk.news@bbc.co or Tweet us @BBCSouthScot

Annan's long shot

Annan Athletic need a high scoring victory in their final game against Montrose - and for East Fife to lose - if they're to stand any chance of snatching the final play-off place in League 2.

Meanwhile, Berwick Rangers will complete their fixtures in the same division at Arbroath.

Back page news

Queen of the South's trip to relegation-threatened Livingston leads the back page of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard which is out today.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Saw attack on bench

Police are investigating vandalism in Castle Douglas which happened on Thursday evening.

In the first incident a caravan window was melted after being set on fire while it was parked in a lay-by on Donald Court in the town.

In the second incident a park bench in the town's Burghfield Park was sawn in half. Police are keen to speak to a small group of youths who were seen in the area of the caravan at the time of the fire.

Last win targeted

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

After losing their grasp on the League One title last weekend, Stranraer travel to Brechin City.

Manager Stephen Aitken knows what his side have to do, but admits it's no longer in their own hands.

"We just have to go and try and win the game," he said. "That's all we can do.

"Then it's over to Forfar and Morton and whoever finishes top of the league after 36 games is the team that deserved to win it."

Mixed weekend

It looks like a very mixed bag of weather for the south of Scotland over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Weather
Met Office

Some fine sunshine at times, but also a few downpours to try to avoid.

Spells of sunshine

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It'll be a fine afternoon across the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway - dry and bright, with some good spells of sunshine.

Cloud will tend to build slightly as the afternoon goes on. Temperatures will reach 11 Celsius, and winds will be light.

Tune in

Remember our bulletins are at 12:00 today with a mixture of international, national and local news from Selkirk and Dumfries.

More to come later today at 16:30 and 17:30.

Pride of Palmerston

The Palmerston Cafe in Dumfries emerged as the winner in Queen of the South's annual shirt sponsorship draw for next season.

It was one of more than 200 entries to the event and will see its name carried on the Doonhamers strips for a year.

School extension opens

The official opening of the new extension at Westruther Primary School took place yesterday.

School opening
Scottish Borders Council

Scottish Borders Council held an event for invited guests, parents and pupils and unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

Management appointment

@Threave_Rovers

@Threave_Rovers

tweets: The club are delighted to announce the appointment of Jamie Struthers and Ross Murray as the Management team

Osprey arrival?

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

It looks like ospreys in the main nest in the Tweed Valley might have laid at least one egg.

Their nest, overseen by CCTV cameras, is too low to be entirely sure.

But volunteers from the Tweed Valley Osprey project say the birds are behaving as if they're incubating. The pair can be observed from viewing centres at Kailzie and Glentress. And there's a Country Fun Day at Kailzie Gardens on Sunday.

Autism strategy

A 10-year strategy for supporting and helping Borderers with autism, and their families, has just been launched.

The strategy was unveiled at the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels yesterday.

Mother's plea

Today's Dumfries and Galloway Standard leads on a mother's plea to be allowed to mourn in peace.

Dumfries Standard
Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Missing man

Police have launched an appeal for information on a man reported missing from his home at Beattock.

Kenneth Thomson hasn't been seen since early on Wednesday morning. The 54-year-old is said to be about 6ft 2in tall, of medium build with thinning fair hair.

It's thought he's using a silver Volkswagen Caddy with the registration plate BX13 YCO.

Final fixture

Sandra Brown

BBC Scotland

With their place in the play-offs secured - Queen of the South round off their scheduled Championship fixtures away at Livingston tomorrow.

James Fowler
SNS

With the hosts facing a relegation battle, Queens boss James Fowler is pleased his side have already achieved their target.

"I've seen Livi quite a few times recently and they've been a wee bit unfortunate not to pick up more points I think than they have," he said.

"We always knew it was going to be a tough ask going to Livingston for the last game of the season so it's important that we didn't need any points thankfully."

Travel latest

On the A75, progressive works are ongoing between Stranraer and Dunragit, with temporary lights for repairs to the Cree Bridge at Newton Stewart.

And, from 9am, stop-go boards will be in use for lining work a various points between Castle Douglas and Gatehouse.

Fine day in store

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

It's a chilly start across Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders, with a touch of frost in rural spots.

However, it'll be a fine day for most - dry and bright, with temperatures recovering in the morning sunshine.

Cloud will tend to build slightly as the day goes on, but it will stay largely dry. Temperatures will reach around 12 Celsius, and winds will be light.