Windfarm threatens future of Scottish book town that reinvented itself

Wigtown, which looks out on Britain’s largest local nature reserve and the Galloway Hills, will be blighted by windpower, say locals

It was the closure of the railway in 1950 that did for Wigtown, leading to the shutdown of the local creamery and slow decline from what was once described as the quaintest town in the country into a boarded-up place reeking of neglect.

Things took a turn for the better when the Scottish government decided in 1998 Wigtown would become National Book Town. The decision reignited the heart of the place, and gave life to the annual book festival that has become one of the UK’s best-loved literary events, more than doubling the town’s 1,000-strong population each November.

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