Financial boost from local business
Trusts financial boost from local business
Lots of heritage sites and visitor centres have struggled over the last year with forced closures and then restricted re-openings and having been shut since October 2019, the Dryfesdale Lodge Visitor Centre in Lockerbie is no exception. However, a kind donation form Russell Roof Tiles will have helped easy some of the strain.
The visitors centre contains a memorial exhibition on Pan Am flight 103 and the Lockerbie Air Disaster of December 1988 and is located at the edge of Dryfesdale cemetery which also contains the Lockerbie Garden of Remembrance dedicated to the victims of Pan AM Flight 103.
“When we closed up after the 2019 Summer season, we never imagined we would still be closed in 2021. As a charity we rely on donation and with no visitors this has been difficult. So, the donation of £500 from Russell Roof Tiles is greatly appreciated.” commented local historian and secretary of the Dryfesdale Trust, Timothy McCracken.
Russell Roof Tiles may be based in Burton on Trent but with a manufacturing plant in Lochmaben they also have a long-standing local connection, the Lochmaben plant was established 50 years as the Annandale tile company.
“It’s our pleasure to donate and support the Lodge. A small token of our gratitude for the good work the Centre does in keeping such a poignant memory of the disaster for locals, relatives and visitors to view. With recent Covid times, we understand that many charities and places that are run relying on donations and volunteers have struggled. Hopefully this will help somewhat.” Added Bruce Laidlaw, Operations Director – Russell Roof Tiles.
The Dryfesdale Trust hopes that this donation will help with some planed renovation work that has up until now been on hold due the Covid-19 pandemic. It seems likely that the Lodge with have to remain closed for a while yet as the renovation work is carried out but hope to develop and build their online following through their website www.Dryfesdalelodge.co.uk and their social media accounts @dryfesdalelodgevisitorcentre.