Wickerman Festival: Music fans descend on site

Wickerman The festival concludes with the burning of a giant wicker figure

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Thousands of music fans are heading to south west Scotland as the annual Wickerman Festival gets under way.

The event, at East Kirkcarswell near Dundrennan on Friday and Saturday, will see acts including Del Amitri and Dizzee Rascal perform.

It is the 13th edition of the Dumfries and Galloway festival.

Other acts involved this year include the likes of Shed Seven, The Feeling, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Zombies and Big Country.

The festival will conclude, as is its tradition, with the burning of a giant wicker figure.

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    09:08: South Ayrshire

    Three school closures so far in South Ayrshire.

    Details on the council website.

     
  88.  
    09:06: South-west Scotland Giancarlo Rinaldi South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

    More than 50 schools have been shut across Dumfries and Galloway as snows affected the region.

    It is mainly primaries and secondaries in the east of the region which have been affected.

     
  89.  
    Anyone for tennis?
    Tennis

    Ruth Davidson has tweeted about her excitement over Andy Murray: Hmmm..... FMQ prep Vs tennis..... #comeonandy

    Nicola Sturgeon was quick to take up the suggestion: @RuthDavidsonMSP I'm sure we could come to some arrangement - @kdugdalemsp?

    Suddenly consensus begins breaking out: .@NicolaSturgeon ok, I'll bring the snacks - let's use your office. @kdugdalemsp Kez, you in?

    And Kezia Dugdale agrees, it's time for tennis: @RuthDavidsonMSP @NicolaSturgeon yes, there in a minute, looking for the Pimms

     
  90.  
    09:00: A75 hazardous BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    #A75 partially blocked hazardous driving conditions, snow between B725 (Carrutherstown) and B721 (Newbie). A number of lorries are stuck

     
  91.  
    08:57: Scene in Dumfries BBC Reporter Bruce MacKenzie

    There is actually a lot of widespread disruption now. A lot of untreated back roads in the west of the region that are hazardous this morning.

    A lot of people telling me that they are getting to where they need to go, it's just taking them a lot longer.

    That seems to be the overall picture at the moment.

    We have had quite a bit more snow since just after 06:00 this morning - probably here in Dumfries another inch or so of snow.

    Quite a lot of snow lying on power lines. No reports of any power problems in the region at the moment, but that one that we will be definitely keeping an eye on.

     
  92.  
    08:55: Scene in Inverness BBC Reporter Kevin MacKenzie

    A little more snow has fallen since 06:00 this morning but police in Inverness are describing the roads across the north as generally "passable with care" - they have been no incidents reported so far.

    There's certainly quite a bit of snow on the route but roads all look pretty clear.

    While some schools are being closed across the Highland area, some of the bigger schools such as Charleston Academy in Inverness and Nairn Academy will open a little later due to weather affecting school transport.

    In Moray there seems to be no snow problems.

     
  93.  
    @trafficscotland Traffic Scotland

    #A75 btwn Annan and Carrutherstown - @ScotTranserv has treated E/B and now working on the W/B. HGV's still stuck in the area. #BeAware

     
  94.  
    08:49: Your pictures - snow in Scotland via Facebook

    Yolanda Preston posts: Believe it or not there's my car under there!

    Picture from facebook

    That's a lot of snow! Be careful in kilsyth as roads really slippy and not cleared and M80 moving slow! There's nothing in Stirling compared to Glasgow! Took me an hour to get to work this morning! ‪#‎traumatic‬

     
  95.  
    @nlcpeople North Lanarkshire

    Transport: no buses to Calderhead HS, McGregors bus to Glencryan School cancelled.

     
  96.  
    @argyllandbute Argyll and Bute

    Thursday schools update: Skipness primary school is closed today

     
  97.  
    08:42: 180 gritters deployed

    Speaking on Good Morning Scotland Transport Minister Derek McKay said: "There've been a few incidents overnight but they've been cleared and the traffic systems have still been working well.

    "Even at the moment, during typical peak hour traffic the road network is still flowing fairly well.

    "There is one issue at the M8 plantation eastbound but its still passable with care, and I think we've prepared very well for the weather and the snow.

    "With 180+ gritters out, we've worked very hard to prepare the roads for these conditions."

     
  98.  
    08:39: Ten mile tailback BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Earlier accident #GW #M8 eastbound at plantation causing a ten mile tailback to erskine bridge.

     
  99.  
    08:36: Highland Council Steven McKenzie BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    29 schools and nurseries shut in the Highlands. The closures involve 4,795 pupils.

     
  100.  
    08:34: Today's papers

    The decision by the Scottish government to announce a moratorium on fracking dominates front pages in The Scotsman and The National.

    Scotland's newspapers frontpages

    Elsewhere, the Scottish Daily Mail leads with the story of councils using anti-terror laws "to spy on dog walkers, tanning salons and shops selling fireworks".

    An axe killer walking the streets four years after being detained without limit of time is the lead story in the Daily Record. The Herald claims fee-paying students at the University of the West of Scotland are to be offered their money back if they fail to graduate.

    Read the full paper review here.

     

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