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Blake is pictured with his mother, Gemma Seacombe, the Lord-Lieutenant and Mrs Eilean Hogarth.

First duty for new Lord-Lieutenant’s cadet

Cadet Sergeant Blake Somerville from Lilliesleaf was on duty at Bowhill House near Selkirk for the first time since his appointment as a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet earlier this year. The 16 year-old was helping the Lord-Lieutenant of Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale, the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry in the presentation of the British Empire Medal to Mrs Eilean Hogarth from Kelso for her outstanding services to charity in the Scottish Borders. A member of the Army Cadet Force for three years, Blake is hoping to sign up as a regular soldier when he leaves school.

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The 'hen poo' (Heron Pool) on Duns Castle Estate

A clear vision for this hiding place

On a bonny bright sunny morning in early September, four volunteers from the Scottish Wildlife Trust (Berwickshire members’ group) committee turned up ready and keen to assist in the lopping of branches on the north side of the ‘Hen Poo’ (Heron Pool) on Duns Castle estate.

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