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Jun 142017
 
 June 14, 2017

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has welcomed plans by Transport Scotland to install a new pedestrian crossing for Locharbriggs Village Hall after years of campaigning by the local community.

Work by Scotland TranServ on behalf of Transport Scotland to install the innovative new A701 crossing begins this week for the next fortnight.
South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth said:
“This work is long overdue. Parents whose kids attend the toddlers group at the hall have been pressing for action on what is a very busy trunk road for years”.
“I wrote to Transport Scotland pointing out that they had promised the local community and then local MSP Elaine Murray two years ago that a crossing would be installed but they had so far failed to keep their promise. It’s good to see them delivering at long last and parents, staff, volunteers and kids will soon be able to cross the road in safety using the new innovative crossing”.
The crossing will be only the second on a Scottish trunk road to operate under the Bluetooth, Remote Lamp Control System (RLCS). Locharbriggs will also be only the second Scottish community to receive Neatebox technology on a trunk road crossing.

Jun 132017
 
 June 13, 2017

Youth Beatz 2017 has announced its main stage headline acts as Example and Ben Haenow.

Now, thousands of young people are expected to flock to Dock Park, Dumfries on Saturday 12 August to attend Scotland’s largest free youth music event.

Last year, tickets sold out in record time and demand for this year’s tickets is expected to be equally high with the quality headline acts raising the standard again.

The main Youth Beatz day will be the highlight ending an 8 day Fringe Festival that will see a large number of community based events run over the Nithsdale area.

Example has certainly made his mark in the music industry, with 5 successful albums under his belt, a 6th one underway, and multiple collaborations. These include working with Jacob Plant on Reflections, which had regional and specialist Radio 1 support from Danny Howard, MistaJam and Greg James.

Example’s 6th album will see a return to the rapping over huge electronic club bangers, which earned him millions of fans across the globe, and 2 huge Top 5 albums, 7 Top 10 singles, and 2 No.1s in the UK.

Example said: “I’m really looking forward to coming back to Scotland to put on a great show. The Scottish crowds are always so amazing and I just can’t wait to be part of this fantastic event.”

Ben Haenow rose to stardom in the 2014 series of the X Factor, never being in the bottom two, and ultimately makingit to the live final. He went head to head with Fleur East, with both contestants performing the same winner’s song, a cover version of One Republic’s ‘Something I Need, with Ben winning on the public vote. Since winning X Factor, Ben has signed a record deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco Music, starred in the X-Factor Nationwide tour, and released his debut album, enjoying great chart success.

Ben said: “I really enjoy playing gigs like Youth Beatz – there’s such brilliant crowd engagement and I can’t get enough of that festival vibe. See you in August.”

The headline acts will all be supported by local youth talent, including Be Charlotte, Lewis Capaldi, and Gracefell.

The Chair of Nithsdale Area Committee

Councillor Ronnie Nicholson, chairman of Nithsdale Area Committee, and Councillor Tracey Little, vice-chair, said: “Our Council is proud to continue our support for this vibrant community event that is of such benefit to our region. We’re delighted that the festival will again run for 8 days and will be of the same high quality that the people of Dumfries and Galloway have come to expect and enjoy so much. The event has such a positive impact on the youth in our region and is a great opportunity for all to see high quality artists perform in our own region. We’re delighted that Nithsdale Area Committee has again part funded the event, maintaining the event’s heritage as the largest free youth event in Scotland, open to all the young people of our region. We have no doubt that Youth Beatz Fringe Festival and Youth Beatz, including the Toon, will continue to build on previous successes to make it the best event to date.”

Now in its ninth year, the award-winning event is managed through a partnership led by the Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Youth Work Service in conjunction with the Oasis Events Team. Funding for the event has been secured from Nithsdale Area Committee, Choices for Life, Magnox, Young Start, CashBack for Communities, Scot Rail, The White Ribbon Campaign, and the Inspiring Entrepreneur Project.

Youth Beatz 2017 will also see the return of the hard-hitting immersive and interactive learning experience The Toon, which brings a new point of view when dealing with issues that affect young peoples’ lives. Topics addressed will include domestic abuse, poverty, alcohol, sectarianism, and legal highs.

Also returning for 2017 is the successful Youth Beatz Fringe, that will see events running for 7 days across Nithsdale, including events in Kirkconnel, Sanquhar, Dumfries, Lochside, Heathhall, Locharbriggs, and Moniaive. See www.youthbeatz.co.uk for more information and the full programme as it becomes available over the next few weeks.

In the days and weeks leading to Youth Beatz and on the days of events, a large number of volunteers give up their time to come and help and the event would not be possible without them. Last year, 107 volunteers give their time between Youth Beatz, Youth Beatz Fringe, and The Toon. If you would like to volunteer and be a key part of Youth Beatz, look out for this year’s volunteering opportunities in the next few weeks.

Michael Williams, a young volunteer from the Oasis Events Team involved in organising the event, said; “It’s great being involved in developing Youth Beatz as part of the Events Team. What we achieve each year is always so brilliant, and this year’s line-up looks like it will make sure Youth Beatz is as popular as ever. The Events Team members are always working with the staff at the Oasis Centre to build on our events and productions skills. Running the lighting for the show last year was such a highlight. And, we’re excited to show the difference we make through such a special event again this year.”

Youth Beatz 2017 is a free event. Tickets are required and can be obtained from the Official Youth Beatz website www.youthbeatz.co.uk

Priority will again be given to ticket applications from Dumfries and Galloway postcodes to ensure as many local residents get to attend the event.

 

Jun 132017
 
 June 13, 2017

Annandale North Councillor Adam Wilson has welcomed the decision at Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee to replace the Helter Skelter slide at the Park Place Play Park. The slide was removed from the park due to age and safety reasons.

The decision was taken at the Communities Committee as part of the Capital Programme. Along with the decision to replace the slide at Park Place other works will take place across Annandale North including the replacement of litter bins, replacement of picnic tables and the replacement of railings at Hope Johnstone Park in Moffat. 

Commenting Councillor Adam Wilson said;

“I welcome the investment in our park at Park Place. This follows on from many concerns from local residents about the state of our parks in Lockerbie. The decision taken today will result in £20,000 being spent over 2017/18 to replace the slide and to fix the fence around the perimeter which is long overdue.

It is my view that any item in our play parks that is removed should be replaced on a like for like basis and I am pleased that the Council has followed this principle here.

While this investment is welcome there is still a considerable amount of further work required to improve all of our parks in Lockerbie which I will continue to champion.”

Jun 072017
 
 June 7, 2017

The count down is on!

Eden Festival is opening its gates this Thursday welcoming festival goers from across the UK and beyond. Set in the stunning Raehills Meadows of Dumfries and Galloway this family friendly event has really catered for all.  Hosting 12 stages with 300 performers, you can also catch some theatre, comedy, art and more.

 

We caught up with Adam Curtis, Eden Festival Founder, for his top ten tips for you to get the most out of your Eden experience.

 

  1. Grab some popcorn, climb into your vehicle of choice and watch a film in our Vintage Drive in Cinema.
  2. Looking for love? Take part in Blind Date at the Thunderdome this Saturday at 3.30pm.
  3. Join Vamous Arts who will be helping you create masterpieces with paint and pencil’s for our very own charity auction.
  4. A crowd pleaser and one of our favorites, Mr Motivator in all his Lycra glory will be re-energizing you with an uplifting workout on Saturday afternoon at 2pm.
  5. New to Eden Festival this year is the Mountain Stage, supported by EventScotland (part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate and in celebration of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.) We have actually built this construction from scratch, which in time will blend into the natural surroundings and this year it will feature the best acts to come out of Scotland.
  6. The kids can show off their talents too in the Casa Caliente tent for the Open Mic Children’s Talent Stage.
  7. You can sit back and relax while Gypsy Disco make all the effort with their acrobatic performance in Furry Chillum Stage.
  8. Celebration Parade, a super charged music finale in the Garden of Eden, Sunday at 7pm. Bring an instrument and/or something to bang.
  9. Not forgetting the kids’ procession, where they dress up and wave their hand made creations which they produced in the free weekend workshops.
  10. My biggest tip, just keep your eyes peeled and walk around the site having a peak in every space, make new friends and soak up the music and the atmosphere.

 

This year’s Eden Festival has been made more accessible by their release of day tickets. You can purchase them on line or on the gate.

Day Tickets – £45 Friday, £45 Saturday only

Saturday & Sunday – £75 and Sunday only £39

 

Weekend tickets cost £119 for an adult, £95 for a teenager and under 12’s get in free! (Must be accompanied by an adult).

 

May 312017
 
 May 31, 2017

Local Radio Day took place on Friday 26th of may 2017 with over 75 stations  around the UK taking part. At Alive 107.3 we used it to essentially show 7 days worth of programming into 24 hours. As part of the day we hosted a free gig with local musicians :- Clan Blues, Stoney Broke, Kate Kyle, McCrossan & Taylor and Nithville have a listen to how the evening went.
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May 252017
 
 May 25, 2017
Alive 107.3 will be taking part in National Local Radio day which is taking place on Friday 26th May. As part of the day the station will be showcasing their whole schedule in ONE day . Listeners can expect normally scheduled shows as well as 60 minute taster shows covering genres from Jazz to Bluegrass , Rock to Country.
There will also be a live FREE music event being broadcast live from Kings Coffee and Books in Queensberry Street from 7pm  featuring Stoney Broke , Kate Kyle, Clan Blues , McCrossan & Taylor and Nithville
Alive has been broadcasting as a community station for nearly 8 years and has recently moved to new purpose built studios at 32 Annan Road  and boasts nearly 40 volunteers involved in presenting , production and marketing .
Ali Donowho from Alive said ” This day is a great way to let our community hear what we do on a weekly basis as well as increase awareness of the station . Alive has evolved into one of the most diverse community radio stations in Scotland.”
If you would like to listen to Local Radio Day on Alive 107.3 , you can listen on the website www.aliveradio.net or on the Tunein and RadioPlayer Apps and, of course, on 107.3 in Dumfries . Programmes start at 6am .
May 152017
 
 May 15, 2017

Alive 107.3 Patron Joanna Lumley has been awarded the Bafta Fellowship at a star studded award ceremony in London last night .

Best known for playing champagne-sipping Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous, Joanna Lumley has had one of the most varied careers in British entertainment.

After starting out as a model she was propelled to fame in the 1970s as Purdey in The New Avengers.

The Fellowship is, quite simply, the academy’s highest honour. Previous recipients include Michael Palin, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Sir David Attenborough and Julie Walters.

Few would dispute that she is a deserving name to be added to that list.

After last nights award she said .

“We as actors, we’re dragged about in golden carriages… we are furnished with words, costumed, made up, we have stunt performers to make us look better. We have people who drive us, who dress us. We have all this”.

“For me this is paradise because I’m here where I wanted to be – I’m in the company that I wish to keep ever since I was young. I wanted to be with people who left race and religion and age and gender and shoe size and things outside the door when they came. People who are in our profession don’t have those discriminations.”

 

May 112017
 
 May 11, 2017
The annual ‘North West 200’ motorcycle road race will take place in Northern Ireland, on Saturday 13 May 2017 and police are appealing for drivers in the region to take extra care on the roads as around 3500 motorcycles are expected to travel through Dumfries and Galloway to attend the event.
The bikes are expected to use the regions roads, particularly the A75 and A77 trunk roads, as the riders travel to the ferry port at Cairnryan to attend the event and back using the same route when the race is over.
Police are warning motorists to expect high numbers of motorcyclists on these roads from today, Thursday 11 May right through to Monday 15 May as riders make their way to and from the event. Generally the motorcyclists travel in groups and therefore are fairly easy to spot, however motorists should be aware that single bikes can suddenly appear and can be difficult to see at times.
Constable Stephen Judge from the Road Policing Unit at Stranraer said: “The peak times for bikes travelling to the race will start on Thursday 11 May, building up to the race on Saturday and Sunday/Monday will see the bikes return through our region.
“A policing plan has been developed over the years to assist the motorcyclists to pass safely through our region and it has proved very successful over the years.  Once again we will put this plan into operation which will mean increased police patrols all along the A75 and on the A77 roads.
“A common cause of motorcycle crashes is the so-called T-boning of the motorcycle by drivers who either pull out of a junction in front of, or across the path of an oncoming bike to turn right. These collisions could be avoided by drivers taking more care.

“Drivers should remember that motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than drivers, especially in wet conditions. A driver may walk away from a crash that a motorcyclist would not.

“We will have an increased road presence during this time, including Police Scotland motorcycle patrols and will focus on accident hotspots and promoting responsible driver and rider behaviour.”
May 082017
 
 May 8, 2017

Female singers and musicians across the country have been invited to enter the contest to be crowned the first ever Maiden of Music.

The competition is part of an event designed to celebrate and encourage women to make the most of their musical talents.

More than 150 women, including soloists, groups and choirs are expected to participate in the Maidens of Music festival, which takes place in Dumfries during every Saturday in May.

The festival was run as a one-off last year, but was so popular that organisers Carol Brotherston, Jo Blain and Linzie Watson, decided to stage it again – and came up with the idea of adding in a competition to find the best performer.

Carol, a professional piano teacher, said: “We love going out to hear live music, but what really struck us was how few female musicians and performers you see out there. And in my work I know that it’s not through lack of talent, but I do think it can often be lack of confidence.

“So what we want to do is to celebrate those who perform, empower women to take to the stage, nurture those who are developing, provide a friendly platform and inspire those who have never tried. As part of that we have decided to run a competition and the winner will be crowned the 2017 Maiden of Music.

“Last year was great, but this time the whole festival will be bigger, louder, more fun and even more inspirational.”

This weekend the festival kicks off with a whole variety of acts of all types and ages performing at Hugo’s Bar in Bank Street. They include The Sing It Choir, from Aberdour, Ellie McConnachie (a 12-year-old singer, pianist and guitarist), trad musician Emily McLatchie, The Jay Jayz acoustic duo and Cumbrian indie band The Quazars.

Each week will see one Maidens of Music finalist chosen from among the performers. The competition finals will take place later in the month on 27 May, with the overall winner receiving a special trophy.

Carol said: “This is a showcase Maidens of Music for female musicians and songwriters all ages and at all stages of their musical career. If you’re a woman who makes music then you can take part. And everyone who loves great musical entertainment and a festival atmosphere is invited along.”