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Turning a new page for Indie Bookshop Week.

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By Christie Breen
Dumfries and West
Turning a new page for Indie Bookshop Week.

BOOKSELLERS in Wigtown turned a new page this week to celebrate the annual Independent Bookshop Week.

Independent Bookshop Week is held every year to support the retailers and highlight the importance of bookselling to maintain a strong diversity of businesses in the high street.

Wigtown’s main square has seen several changes in recent weeks with more on the way. Traders in the town welcomed the opening of the first new bookshop in three years with New Chapter Books opening their doors on South Main Street. Local couple Gary and Louise Martin are behind the new venture, drawing on their experience of vintage and second hand books along with a specialist knowledge of local and family history.

Elsewhere, the Wigtown Emporium has recently changed hands with Sara and John Baker taking retirement and handing over to Andy and Jacqui Bolam who have come to Wigtown from New Zealand. Originally from Durham the couple have quickly taken over the reins of the established business selling vintage and collectable items including books, art, and retro.

A belle of a day out

A belle of a day out

A RED carpet will be laid over the platform at Dumfries station next month when a vintage diesel locomotive nicknamed “Zombie” hauls one of the world’s poshest trains from the town.


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Rowing regatta

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