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We need to talk about Kevin

The first time you see a Kestrel hover, the first time you see an otter play on a river bank, the first time you hear a Buzzard call…these are just a few of the things that got me interested in Wildlife. My name is Kevin Cumming and I am starting the Wild Eskdale project in Langholm. At its core this project is about engaging people in the outdoors and trying to share a passion for wildlife. I have always enjoyed the outdoors and walked the Angus Glens with my family from a very young age. Having pursued a career as a professional football player, which I did for 3 years with Dundee FC, I went back into education and achieved a BA Hons in Business. Now faced with the prospect of a life sitti

Industry's no deid

You might know it as Bell's, Buccleuch Mill, or even Criterion Mill if you want to admit your age. The jagged-headed former mill has been an imposing site on the south end of the town since 1878, and until 2002 the whole complex was the site of Arthur Bell (Scotch Tweeds) Ltd. At its height, 160 people were employed in the mill. Folk from Langholm and the surrounding areas every morning appeared at the mill to begin a day's graft, and left in the evening; no doubt exhausted and hungry but with the quiet satisfaction of having earned their keep. You will hear from every corner of the community that those days have long since passed. The textile boom reached its conclusion and took with it a s

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