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Parents urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real

Parents have been urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real in case the “lie” damages relations with their children.

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VIDEO: Borders fortune-telling goat predicts who will win presidential election

A fortune-telling goat based in Lanton, near Jedburgh, has had a go at predicting who the next President of the USA will be.

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King Charles II in the robes of the Order of the Garter, painted by John Michael Wright

Stichill baronetcy row rumbles on

Senior judges are analysing further legal argument in the dispute over who is the rightful claimant to the ancient baronetcy of Pringle of Stichill.

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The back cover page of Cameron halfpenny's new translation of Alice in Wonderland into Scots dialect to mark the 150th anniversary of the book's original publication

Hawick writer brings ‘Alice’ to life in Scots

The first translation into Border Scots of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been done by Cameron Halfpenny, originally from Hawick.

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Kelso’s Rebecca donates her long locks for charity

Kelso’s Rebecca donates her long locks for charity

Kelso youngster Rebecca Peddie always wanted really long hair and spent the last two years growing it to the length she wanted.

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Sandy is sub-zero hero for frozen swan rescue effort

Sandy is sub-zero hero for frozen swan rescue effort

Local Tweedbank restaurant owner Sandy Craig has been hailed a wildlife hero this week for his attempted rescue of a young swan trapped in a frozen loch.

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David and Carol Martin, a husband and wife from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, celebrate at the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club in Edinburgh after winning half of the historic �66 million Lotto jackpot. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. The rollover Lotto prize was split between two tickets that had all six winning numbers from Saturday's draw - 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58. See PA story LOTTERY Winners. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

LOTTERY: Nicola Sturgeon and Hawick provost congratulate lucky winners

Scotland’s First Minister has tweeted her congratulations to the Hawick couple revealed as Britain’s biggest Lotto winners.

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David and Carol Martin, a husband and wife from Hawick, celebrate after winning half of the historic �66 million Lotto jackpot. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

LOTTERY: Winners asked if they will invest in troubled knitwear firm

Hawick lottery winners David and Carol Martin were asked at this morning’s press conference about what they will spend their record-breaking £33million share of Saturday’s jackpot on.

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David and Carol Martin, a husband and wife from Hawick, celebrate at the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club in Edinburgh after winning half of the historic �66 million Lotto jackpot.

LOTTERY: David and Carol Martin say £33M won’t change them

Hawick couple David and Carol Martin, both aged 54 , plan to take early retirement as soon as possible after being revealed as the winners of the biggest-ever Lottery pay-out in the UK.

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Borders couple win £33million on Lottery

Borders couple win £33million on Lottery

A couple from the Scottish Borders has won half of the historic £66 million lottery jackpo.

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WATCH: Peeblesshire piper plays at South Pole

WATCH: Peeblesshire piper plays at South Pole

He might only have managed one tune before the bitter cold froze his bagpipes, but Carlops adventurer Jak Kennedy’s dream had come true.

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Selkirk man shows true Xmas spirit

Selkirk man shows true Xmas spirit

Malky Smith lives his life by a simple motto that says while one person might not be able to change the world, the world can be changed for one person.

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WATCH: Gala cinema set for Star Wars ‘frenzy’

Pavilion cinema manager Andrew Poole says he has not seen such interest in a movie opening since the first Harry Potter film back in 2001.

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Train at Kelso Station

Call for Kelso railway case to be examined

Any expansion of the new Borders Railway should include consideration of re-opening the line to Kelso and on to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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WATCH: Flood waters damage Kelso mill

While Kelso residents have not faced flooding hazards to the same extent as their fellow Borderers in Hawick, Newcastleton and Selkirk over the weekend, the heavy rains have seen some damage in the town.

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The memorial of Wojtek 'the Soldier Bear is unveiled in Edinurgh. Picture: Neil Hanna

Statue of soldier bear unveiled by Polish veterans

Hundreds of people braved heavy rain for Saturday’s unveiling of a memorial featuring one of the Second World War’s unlikeliest heroes.

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WATCH: For he’s a jolly full Goodfellow

WATCH: For he’s a jolly full Goodfellow

Earlston athlete Lee Goodfellow regained his World Championship haggis eating title at Birnam Games at the weekend.

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Lesley Mitchell of Whitriggs Farm near Denholm with one of their Lleyn ewes which gave birth to five healthy lambs on Good Friday

Ewe must be kidding ... FIVE lambs in one litter

It really must be spring, and we’re not just talking about the gorgeous weather.

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Huge lamb born in Lauder

Huge lamb born in Lauder

This not-so-little Texel cross ewe lamb was born at Huntington Farm, Lauder, early yesterday morning. The lamb, which weighed in at an outstanding 28lbs – yes, really – was helped into the world by lambing man John Ainslie. The average lamb is usually around 7lbs.

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L-r, Bernie Quinn and Dave Henry of Lauder about to embark on a week of ultra marathons in the Sahara.

Limpers set for Sahara

It is regarded as the toughest footrace on earth and in less than four weeks, Dave Henry and Bernie Quinn will be on the startline in Morocco.

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