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By Amy Duffy
Step back in time to mark space visit milestone
RESIDENTS of Langholm and politicians came together last week to celebrate and remember a historic event in the town.
An After’moon’ Tea was held at the Buccleuch Centre to mark the 50th anniversary of the visit to Langholm and the Buccleuch Hall in 1972 by astronaut, Neil Armstrong.
Neil Armstrong was the first human to walk on the moon and was granted the honour of Freedom of Langholm, making him the first Freeman of the town in recorded history.
Members of the public who were there on that day were invited back to share their memories and watch as a blue plaque was unveiled to commemorate the event.
Among them were Grace Brown BEM, while the unveiling was carried out by space historian Dr Ken McTaggart, accompanied by Dumfries Lord Lieutenant Fiona Armstrong.
As well as the afternoon tea, an evening event was held where original footage from ITV and BBC Borders were shown of Mr Armstrong receiving his freedom with music being played by Jamie Telford.
Organisers of the event have said it went very well and that they are pleased the town got the chance to commemorate such a momentous occasion.
Meanwhile, South Scotland MSP Emma Harper raised a motion at the Scottish Parliament recognising the efforts of Grace Brown and all staff and volunteers at the Buccleuch Centre, who organised the event.
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