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Wigtown Book Town
Saturday 16th May 1998 sawthe launch of Wigtown as Scotland's Book Town and the latest European Book Town alongside Hay-on-Wye, Redu, Bredevoort and Becherel.
For a small town of 1,100 inhabitants, this will have qa major impact on the local economy, as there are already 18 book-related businesses operating in the town, many having re-located from other parts of the United Kingdom.
A substantial increase in the number of visitors to the area is predicted which wwill have a knock-on effect on local businesses and surrounding towns. A funding package has now been put together to develop the Book Town.
A Book Town delegation recently attended the first European Book Town Festival in Bredevoort, where contacts were made with other Book Town representatives.
|<-- The 'Readinglasses' sign.
Plaque recording the Booktown launch. -->