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By Marc McLean, local democracy reporter
Dumfries and West
Provost proud to be returned

TRACEY Little is ready to put her stamp on the provost of Dumfries role after being chosen for the lead civic position once again.

Having previously been a figurehead for the local authority for the past five years, Councillor Little is now preparing to don the chains and gown for the next five.

Only one female served as provost before Ms Little, Jean McMurdo, and she was delighted to be returned during the first council meeting of the new term this week.

The SNP councillor said: “It has been an absolute privilege to be provost of Dumfries for the past five years and I am extremely honoured to undertake the role once again and proud to be an ambassador of Dumfries.

“I will continue to respect the many traditions which come with this position, but I am also committed to always making my own mark.

“The spirit of generosity and friendliness that thrives within the people of Dumfries make the role of provost so enjoyable.

“Dumfries is rich in history and big of heart, and I am thrilled to once again be provost.”

Ms Little is born and bred in Dumfries, and attended Locharbriggs Primary and Dumfries High School before continuing her studies at Dumfries and Galloway College.

Returning to the provost role is some positive news after the disappointment of Dumfries losing out on its bid for city status.

Councillor Little was heavily involved in the project bid, and said: “While we are disappointed not to have been awarded city status, we do congratulate Dunfermline.

“But this is not the end for Dumfries – far from it.

“The improvements that we have planned for the town featured strongly in the campaign, and they will still be going ahead.

“Doonhamers, the wider region and visitors deserve to see our ambition for our town sustained.”

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