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Eyesore shop gets new look for gala

Section:  Lockerbie and Lochmaben  | Tags:

AN empty newsagents branded an ‘eyesore’ has been given a makeover in time for Lockerbie’s busiest week of the year.

The ex Annandale Herald Newsagents sold its last newspaper in March after decades of business.

Since its closure the shop has been boarded up with for sale and to let messages scrawled on the frontage.

And the unused look has proved a cause for concern, with streams of residents complaining to their local councillors.

So in stepped Lockerbie Academy art teacher and local artist Andy Davolls, equipped with some trusty paint brushes to overhaul the building.

He has given the outside a kooky and spooky Addams Family themed make-over to promote the secondary school’s upcoming school show later this year.

Pleased with the outcome, Annandale North Councillor Doug Fairbairn, who had previously been inundated with complaints, said: “It’s good to see the community and school working together for the benefit of Lockerbie.

“This is a very positive and welcome development that shows the high street in a good light for locals and the many visitors Lockerbie receives each year.”

Meanwhile, local woman Karen Agnew’s #greatlockerbiecleanup – a quest to tidy Lockerbie up before Gala Day – is still ongoing.

She is still actively encouraging locals to grab a litter picker and some gloves and get cleaning the town.

Hoping to energise townsfolk into action, Karen also wants locals to take a picture of their litter picks and clean up efforts to encourage others to get involved in the #greatlockerbiecleanup.

Send your photos to reporter Amanda by emailing ajk@dngonline.co.uk or to our Annandale Herald Facebook page for your chance to appear in a special clean up feature.

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