Markus is safe and sound, thanks to Shelter Scotland

From childhood, life has dealt Markus a difficult hand. There has seldom been a safe place to call home and, at his lowest ebb, he struggled to see a way forward.

Call to action...rather than celebrating its 50th birthday, Shelter Scotland is planning a 12-month series of events and promotional activities under the banner We're Still Fighting.

Shelter Scotland: we’re still fighting, 50 years later

It is 50 years since Shelter Scotland was formed to help deal with the unique challenges of homelessness and bad housing in Scotland.

That's my girl...Duncan Slater can now enjoy going out for a walk with his daughter Lilly (8), after having both his legs amputated. Despite life-changing injuries, he has no regrets about his RAF service.

Duncan Slater: So proud to be part of the RAF story

Despite almost every bone in his body being broken, Scotsman Duncan Slater remains both proud of the RAF and his service in it.

Daddy's girl...Grace was just six months old when Kevin Ogilvie was injured while serving with the RAF. He and his family received a tremendous amount of support from the RAF Benevolent Fund as he tried to overcome his injuries.

Kevin Ogilvie: So proud to be part of the RAF story

Kevin Ogilvie was just 20 when he signed up to join the RAF and two years later, the young Scotsman’s life changed forever.


15 movies with scenes filmed in the Scottish Borders

With its rich and dramatic landscape, the Scottish Borders has long been used as a location for films and television shows.

Kelso Laddie Michael Ballantyne tours the town after his official declaration in May 1993. He is flanked by right and lehf hand men Graham Sweenie and Keith Riddell.

NOSTALGIA: Kelso Laddie 1993

Michael Ballantyne emerged from the scaffolding-clad town hall this week in 1993 as that year’s Kelso Laddie.

Members of Kelso Amatuer Dramatic Society during a past production.

New members needed to bring KADS back to the stage

A plea to help secure the future of one of the region’s oldest drama societies is being made by its organising committee.

Gardo netting station, using traditional fishing methods on the Tweed estuary

Blogger attacks spring netting

The spring netting of salmon by traditional “net and coble” fishing at Berwick has been questioned by Andrew Douglas-Home, in his weekly angling blog Tweedbeats.


In pictures: Did you know all of these famous folk were from the Scottish Borders?

The Scottish Borders has provided a lot more talent to the world of culture and sport than you may have thought at first.

Discussion days...were held across the country, including at Stirling University where interim planning group members asked their peers for their views.

No matter your age, get involved in Year of Young People

Unless you’ve been living in a bubble for the last few months, you’ll know 2018 is the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People.

NOSTALGIA: Postie’s arrived!

NOSTALGIA: Postie’s arrived!

This week’s nostalgia photo takes us back to one fine day in 1971, when a splendid horse-drawn mail coach arrived at Abbotsford, marking the bicentenary of Sir Walter Scott’s birth.

Roo Irvine shows Leslie Thin of Galashiels some markings on a ring he brought in.

Look Roo’s come to Abbotsford House

A steady stream of Borderers took their family heirlooms to Abbotsford yesterday for a free valuation from telly expert Roo Irvine.


In pictures: Motorsport fans pay tribute to Jim Clark

Motorsports enthusiasts visited the Borders in their droves at the weekend to pay their respects to late racing legend Jim Clark.

Hammermen deacon Alan Tough congratulates Mark Easson on his appointment

Hammermen nail their man for 2018 casting

Selkirk’s incorporation of Hammermen chose their standard bearer last Tuesday evening in the town’s County Hotel.

Paulo Neves, new head chef at the Clovenfords Hotel, flanked by Lee Casson and Hilary Bell.

Paulo bringing a taste of Portugal to Borders hotel

As a former winner of an Albert Roux scholarship, it’s no surprise that Paulo Neves is passionate about his food.

Kirkhope Primary pupils yarn-bomb school to brighten the area up over the Easter holidays.

Pupils yarn-bomb school to brighten up Ettrickbridge

Kirkhope Primary pupils have been busy working to develop their textile skills by continuing their weekly knitting session with local knitting volunteers.

An incomplete suffragette game, minus its playing board, called Pank-a- Squith, sold for �620 from an estimate of �80-�120 at Hanson's. It had been in the loft for years.

Are you sitting on a fortune? Find out at Abbotsford this week

If you’ve ever wondered if that ancient vase, pretty brooch, old painting or quirky object gathering dust is worth anything, you can find out for free this week.


Revealed: Top 10 highest rated restaurants in the Scottish Borders

Fancy trying somewhere new to eat out but not sure where to go?


14 things you’ll remember if you went to school in the 1970s and 80s

Ah, school days, the happiest time of your life?

KOSB march through Galashiels in 1993.

NOSTALGIA 1993: The regiment that refused to submit

Glengarries were brushed and medals polished for one of the most emotional events held in the Borders in years, this week in 1993.

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