Shop's seven years of donations praised

There has been warm praise from the local MP for the team who run Wigtown Community Shop.

For as the town celebrates 20 years of being Scotland's book capital, the fund-raising store volunteers can look back on seven years of success.

The premises in South Main Street are packed with quality pre-owned goods donated largely by members of the community and surrounding area.

Dropping in to offer his congratulations were Dumfries and Galloway constituency MP Alister Jack and his wife Ann.

He met Community Shop vice-president Jessie Thomson and volunteer Betty McGowan.

Mr Jack said later: "The Community Shop is a remarkable success story, largely due to the enthusiasm and dedication of the 30 volunteers.

"The shop originally opened in 2011 for one month to raise funds for the Community Festival but proved such a success it has carried on."

Mr Jack added that the shop's record in donating tens of thousands of pounds to local groups and organisations each year from the shop proceeds was outstanding.

The town has enjoyed significant regeneration since being chosen as Scotland's Book Town in 1998, reversing years of economic decline.