Lockerbie is a town in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It is situated approximately 75 miles fromGlasgow, and 20 miles from the England border. Historically the town has been known as a trading centre for both cattle and sheep. Owing to its proximity to the borders, the cattle trade with England dominated local economy for a long time, sheep auction still continue. The town acquired a sad notoriety after a Pan AM 747 crashed on the town after a bomb aboard.
Lockerbie has a well linked road network; it lies next to the A74 (M) motorway and also has a railway station on the main Glasgow -London West Coast Main Line. Lockerbie's town hall is the most prominent building in town, and is an excellent example of Scottish baronial style, locally available red sandstone is used as the building material, which adds more attraction to the building. From the town hall you will get a splendid overview of the war memorial built after World War.II, a bronze statue of an angel is placed on the white base with inscriptions on it.
The ruins of the POW camp of World War.II is situated approximately 3 miles from Lockerbie along the C92 (a) road to Dalton. This camp was the base for about 500 Ukrainians who were moved here after the war. A chapel built by them remains till date and hold Ukranian services on the first Sunday of every second month.
Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where the Lockerbie disaster occurred when on December 21, 1988, the Pan Am Flight 103 crash landed as a result of a terrorist bomb. Eleven innocent towns people were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks exploded, leaving a huge crater. The number of deceased reached up to 270 including 259 passengers and 11 people from Lockerbie. Several memorials were built to express condolence to this tragic event including the stained glass windows in the Council Chambers, the Garden of Remembrance in the cemetery just outside of Lockerbie and the Book of Remembrance in the Memorial Room at Tundergarth.
There is a drama club in Lockerbie which was formed before the Second World War by the members of local churches. Lockerbie Drama Club stage two plays per year and holds play readings during the summer. Those who are interested in animals will find interest in knowing about the rescue work done with neglected and abused animals when you visit the Mossburn Animal Centre. A visit to the Rammer scales Sawmill, you will get a clear idea about the working of sawmill and see how the trees are transformed into different kinds of lumber.
Lockerbie has a golf course, several pubs and a wealth of accommodations which ranges from hotels, guest houses and Bed and Breakfast. You can have a pleasant stroll through the town and the verdant country side and enjoy the shopping on High Streets. The time you spend here will help you make memories that will last forever.