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Royal Bank of Scotland boss defends Borders branch closure plans

The Royal Bank of Scotland’s chief executive, Ross McEwan, has defended plans to shut six of its nine branches in the Borders.

Haggis Hunt, Selkirk. 25th January 2015.

Haggis numbers are doing well on Selkirk hill ahead of annual hunt

Hopes are high for another record-breaking catch on Sunday, January 21, as the Great Haggis Hunt takes place on Selkirk Hill.

Ross Montague and his wife Moira handing over to Doddie Weir money raised by a parade of tractors through Lauder in November.

Lauder tractor event raises almost £34,000 for Doddie Weir charity

A tractor parade in aid of a research charity launched by Borders rugby legend Doddie Weir last year has raised almost £34,000.

Charles Hanson checks out Anita Mannings paintings in Hawick.

Telly pair show you can get a bargain

Popular BBC show Antiques Road Trip featured the Borders heavily last week, with experts Anita Manning and Charles Hanson scooting around the region in a Triumph Stag in scenes filmed last August.

Alex Stuart, 22.

26-year-old facing trial for murder of Peebles postwoman Alex

A 26-year-old man accused of murdering a postwoman in Peebles will face a High Court trial in May.

Snow near Selkirk last month.

Heavy snow forecast for the Borders

Snow is forecast for the Borders tomorrow and the day after, January 16 and 17.

The Sunderland Hall estate, near Lindean.

Inquiry to be held into death of Borders forestry worker

An inquiry is to be held next week into the death of a woodcutter while working in the Borders almost a year ago.

Barney with vet Robert Young, owner SimonNeil  and physio Heather Halton.

Surgery won’t stop Kirk Yetholm’s Barney from going the distance

Cocker spaniel Barney is preparing for the final leg of a Scottish coast-to-coast trek – despite undergoing major surgery after snapping the cruciate ligament in his stifle joint.

Bannerfield Buskers

Selkirk buskers sound out would-be musicians

After a successful year of busking and trips (one group made it to Barbados last May), Selkirk-based Riddell Fiddles are grateful to the community for its support during 2017.

A Borders Railway service arriving in Stow.

Borders Railway extension study running late

A study looking into the case for extending the Borders Railway is, like almost half the trains on the 30-mile track, running late.

Isaac Knowles-Gruft and Murray Campbell, boss of Campbell's Brewery at Peebles.

Borders marquee firm boss now making his mark rolling out the barrels

Bottling it is, more often than not, another way of saying throwing in the towel – but not for Campbell’s Brewery, unless it’s a beer towel.

Constables Lorraine King and Gordon Latto and councillors Tom Adams and Charles Haffey with one of the cardboard cutout cops in Levenmouth in Fife.

Use of cardboard cops to cut out speeding in Borders called into question

A former Borders police chief is questioning the use of life-size cardboard cutout police officers in the region in a bid to deter drivers from speeding.

John Raine, chairman of NHS Borders.

NHS Borders chairman thanks staff for their efforts over Christmas

NHS Borders chairman John Raine has praised his staff for their hard work over the festive period.

From left, Morgan Gowans, Alan Wheelans, Polly Bell, Andrea Hall, Anthony Barlow, Lara Mills and Sara Ward celebrating DYW Borders first anniversary.

Happy first birthday for Borders work-school link project

The Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) initiative is celebrating its first anniversary in the Borders, having brought together more than 2,500 youngsters and almost 150 businesses over the last 12 months.

Regional list MSP Michelle Ballantyne.

Borders textile skills scheme hailed as example to others

Borders textiles firms have been hailed as an example of best practice in a Scottish Parliament debate for their work with colleges and universities to promote skills development.

Sergeants Park in Newtown.

50 new homes for rent being lined up for Newtown

Plans for a major new housing development at Newtown have been revealed.

Two veterans who took part in a previous tour - now free trips are being offered to all World War Two veterans.

World War Two veterans offered free tours to pay respects to fallen comrades

The travel arm of the Royal British Legion is on a mission to find all surviving veterans of World War Two.

Heiton deaths: Police confirm identity of man found on Boxing Day as Kevin Armstrong

Heiton deaths: Police confirm identity of man found on Boxing Day as Kevin Armstrong

Police have formally identified the man who died in a house in Heiton on Boxing Day as 53-year-old Kevin Armstrong.

Winners at last year's Adult Learners Awards

Inspirational students to be applauded in awards ceremony

Nominations are being sought for this year’s Adult Learners Awards, which will take place in April.

Land off Dingleton Road in Melrose.

Plans for 50 new homes in Melrose go on show

Plans have been submitted to build 50 new homes on a greenfield site in Melrose.

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