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By Fiona Reid
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Take a selfie with a Beltie

A HERD of multi-coloured life-sized Belted Galloways is appearing all round Dumfries and Galloway with an invitation for visitors and locals to snap a “Selfie with a Beltie”.

The cut-out cows, created from sustainable materials, are intended to highlight some of the best that south west Scotland has to offer in food, drink, leisure, culture, society and tourism.

Among them are one covered in hearts for Gretna Green, one decorated with book covers in Wigtown and one with scallop shells for the fishing port of Kirkcudbright.

There is also a rainbow Beltie that will be placed near Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary in recognition of the work by NHS staff during the pandemic.

And they are popping up in wearing tartan in Langholm and with a hills theme in Moffat.

The project is part of a series of bright, bold arts initiatives designed to make the most of Dumfries and Galloway’s role as “host” region for The Royal Highland Showcase, which takes place from June 14-20.

Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland honorary president, the broadcaster and Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries Fiona Armstrong, said: “We can’t bring the public to the showground, so we are taking Dumfries and Galloway to the world – and there’s no better-loved symbol of the region than our Belties.

“These 12 colourful cut-outs will put the focus on some of the brilliant things our region offers.”

The Belties were created and distributed by Alba Printers of Dumfries, with design input from students and Dumfries and Galloway College.