Lockerbie Town Centre, Scotland.

This evening, I am focusing on the small town of Lockerbie which is located in southern Scotland, close to Dumfries and Carlisle.

Facts and Information

  • Population about 4,000.
  • Name of Old Norse origin and translates as ‘Lockhart’s Farm’. This suggests there has been a settlement here for about 1200 years.
  • Travel time to/from Edinburgh or Glasgow is about 1 hour by train, 90 mins by road.
  • Famous for annual jazz festival which takes place late September/early October.
  • Near to Langholm and the Border Reivers Trail.
  • Close by are Drumlanrig Castle and Ecclefechan. The former is a visitor attraction, the latter birthplace of Thomas Carlyle (writer and historian).
  • Thirty golf courses in the region.

    Lockerbie Town Centre

Holy Trinity Church, Lockerbie, Scotland

  • Close to Lockerbie is the Halmuir P.o.W camp chapel which dates from post WW2 (1947-50). Built by former Ukrainian prisoners of war who were unable to return home.

Ukrainian Prisoner of War Chapel.

Lockerbie Air Disaster, 1988.

Lockerbie Air Disaster Memorial

On December 21st 1988 Pan Am flight 103, a 747 with 259 passengers and crew, blew up over Lockerbie killing all those on board and a further 11 persons on the ground. In remembrance of this sad event, a memorial garden has been constructed at Lockerbie.

Garden of Remembrance

Video clip of Lockerbie casualties.

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