Hundreds turned out in chilly but dry temperatures on Saturday night to see the much-hyped film screening of All Roads Lead to Whithorn.
Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson praised the community of the royal burgh for ensuring everyone was able to join in with its success.
Filmmakers at Urbancroft launched the film, made earlier this year, using interviews and footage of schools and local people at work and at play. The film started as a consultation with local people about future events they would like to see, but it is also gives an insight into life in the town, people’s aspirations and reflections on what they like about life in the burgh. So much footage was shot, indeed, that the filmmakers were inspired to make a second film, a fly-on-the-wall documentary, which, it is hoped, will go round the country - and beyond - showing life in a small rural town in the early 21st Century.
After the event Mr Fergusson said: “This is one of the most incredible community events that I have witnessed in my 15 years of involvement with Galloway, and my heartfelt congratulations go to the Whithorn and District Business Association whose brain child this was. It has been an absolute triumph which grew from a conversation between two individuals on King James IV’s pilgrimages to Whithorn to this 50 minute screening of ‘All Roads Lead to Whithorn’ – a remarkable film giving an insight to the past, present and future strengths of this Machars community.
“It is the strength of that word – community- which has shone through this entire project. The community took the film maker’s to its heart and it is clear that the film makers reciprocated in full. The result is not the end of a project. I am convinced that it marks the advent of a ‘new dawn’ for Whithorn – the beginning of a new era in which Whithorn’s social, economic and cultural influence will again be fully recognised – as it once was by King James IV in his day.”