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Dunbar harbour, pictured by Borders freelance photographer Stuart Cobley.

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Ellemford Bridge, Berwickshire.

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This image of Ellemford Bridge, built in 1886 by the Berwickshire Road Trustees, was supplied by Borders freelance photographer Stuart Cobley.

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Swinton Kirk.

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Borders freelance photographer Stuart Cobley captured this image of Swinton Kirk, parts of which date back to the 11th century.

Its bell is famous for being rung as a death knell after the Battle of Flodden in 1513. Please email photographic contributions, along with a brief caption, to berwickshirenews@jpress.co.uk

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Old Thirlstane Castle by Lauder  highlighted by the strong afternoon sunlight.

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Old Thirlstane Castle, near Lauder, is highlighted by strong afternoon sunlight in this Curtis Welsh photograph. Please email pictures, with a brief caption, to berwickshirenews@jpress.co.uk

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Sunrise at Crichness near Cranshaws taken by Louise Renton from Duns.

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Sunrise at Crichness, near Cranshaws in the foothills of the Lammermuirs, taken by Louise Renton from Duns.

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Artificial (street lamps) and astronomical (star trails) lighting combine to illuminate Chirnside.

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Artificial and astronomical lighting, in the form of street lamps and star trails, combine to illuminate Chirnside. The image was captured by villager Elizabeth Berry. Please email photographic contributions, with a brief caption, to

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Taxpayers and the tapestry

Alex Orr (letters, December 22) lists the freebies available to Scots through public spending that is 20% higher than in England.

He omits the crucial fact that those freebies and that spending are paid for by the English taxpayer. The nationalists always omit the essential truth that Scotland is kept afloat by the British Treasury and the Bank of England.

If Scotland was an independent country it would have a fiscal deficit of £14.5bn – worse even than Greece. Break the Union and you break Scotland as a going concern.

Scotland has been in the red every year since devolution – even when oil revenues were high. Now that they have plummeted, things have gone from bad to worse.

Scotland’s deficit of 9.5% is well over the 3% required for EU membership which the SNP bosses crave. To kneel at the door of Brussels, income tax would have to rise from 20p to 39p, or VAT would have to increase to 40%. Alternatively, savage spending cuts would have to be implemented, sweeping away all the freebies, slashing the NHS budget by 80%, stopping all spending on roads and railways, and giving up on even the pretence of armed forces.

Mind you, even without the ball and chain of independence, it will be a struggle to maintain our freebies. And yet still the magic money tree is shaken for ever more superfluous projects – such as the Great Tapestry of Scotland building in Galashiels.

The deeper Scotland gets into debt the more we seem to spend on extras while vital services are cut.

Writing in The Times on December 21, Alistair Moffat, a “co-chairman” of the tapestry project, states that viewers of this nationalist artwork are “often moved to tears”. Taxpayers will be so moved when the final itemised bill is presented to them.

Thanks to the local press we know Scottish Borders Council (SBC) has already spent £520,000 on this nationalist project, will cough up another £3.5m and maybe more, while Holyrood will spend £2.5m. The total cost will be in excess of £7m.

To be fair, the project is expected to return £50,000 a year which means the tapestry building will be paid back in 140 years.

However, as SBC’s Rob Dickson has warned, “failure to meet visitor targets or manage costs will require ongoing subsidy”.

William Loneskie

Oxton

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Aussie on the trail of Borders family history

I am seeking information about my family - and there are several Lintons and Robertsons sprinkled among them.

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Gill Lindsay, of Coldstream, took this stunning sunset image above Duns, approaching Preston

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Gill Lindsay, of Coldstream, took this stunning sunset image above Duns, approaching Preston, at 4pm on St Andrew’s Day.

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Taken at Bothwell near Cranshaws on a frosty December morning by Louise Renton from Duns.

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This week’s photo was taken at Bothwell, near Cranshaws, on a frosty December morning by Louise Renton from Duns. Please email picture contributions, plus a brief caption, to berwickshirenews@jpress.co.uk.

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The half frozen lake at the Hirsel, Coldstream, taken by Ewan Dickson 
from Morebattle.

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This week’s reader’s picture is of the half frozen lake at the Hirsel, Coldstream, taken by Ewan Dickson from Morebattle. Please email picture contributions, plus a brief caption, for this page to berwickshirenews@jpress.co.uk.

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Duns Parish Church under repair.

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Stuart Cobley took this picture of Duns Parish Church under repair.

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Emma Renton snapped Tia the cocker spaniel enjoying the the view in cropped fields near Duns on a beautiful autumn day.

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Emma Renton snapped cocker spaniel Tia enjoying the view in harvested fields near Duns on a beautiful autumn day.

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SBBN George and Cinsy BGH Fundraising

Birthday bash raises funds for BGH

George Anderson, a Borders General Hospital (BGH) Participation Group Volunteer has raised the grand total of £410 to be shared among three NHS Borders endowment funds: heart, stroke and palliative care. George, pictured with his dog Cindy, invited guests to his 70th birthday party in Coldstream and requested they bring donations for a local charity in lieu of gifts. Explaining his motivation George said: “My parents were both cared for by NHS Borders Stroke and Palliative Care Teams and they both suffered from heart complaints

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Club Lotus exhibit Jim Clark's Lotus25 race cars in Duns on the 50th anniversary of his first F1 world championship

Jim Clark Remembrance Weekend

The itinerary for the Jim Clark Remembrance Weekend over May 10 and 11 has been finalised. The event sees Club Lotus, based in Norfolk, pay tribute to the Scottish Borders’ Formula 1 legend, starting on Saturday, May 10 with a display of classic Lotus cars outside Duns’ Jim Clark rooms from 11.30am.

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