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By Fiona Reid
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Help share Dumfries High Street’s remarkable story

COULD you help tell the remarkable story of the buildings and characters of Dumfries High Street?

Midsteeple Quarter, the community organisation working to help breathe new life into the town centre, is in the process of adding content to an innovative new app, created to celebrate the town’s amazing past.

Be Here Then will use augmented reality to enable people to step back in time to learn about the history of places, while also getting a glimpse of plans for future developments.

Initial work has seen the stories uploaded of the five buildings under community ownership through Midsteeple Quarter.

And now the group is seeking to work with a local historian who can help tell the story of the other buildings in the High Street and surrounding area.

They could include shining a spotlight on the businesses and personalities from any point in the past.

It is hoped that the app will add further interest for visitors to the town as well as for Doonhamers seeking to learn more about where they live.

Midsteeple Quarter executive director Scott Mackay said: “Many people stop to chat as they pass the MSQ buildings and there are some wonderful stories to tell about the High Street’s past.

“And these stories can add to the experience for people enjoying our town centre as we enhance it as a place for people to live, work and visit.

“We have made a great start, but would love to work with a local historian or group who could share their knowledge to tell the area’s wider story.

“Celebrating our proud past can be an important part of fulfilling the great potential that exists for the future.”

Midsteeple Quarter recently announced that the contract for its first phase of major construction work had been awarded, with work due to start soon on transforming the former Baker’s Oven site.

If you would like to help develop the Be Here Then app – or have any photographs or stories to share – email [email protected].

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