One well-known visitor to Newton Stewart and the Belted Galloway Visitor Centre this week was former First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond.
Mr Salmond, now a Westminster SNP MP was on his way to give a talk at the Book Festival in Wigtown but dropped in past to surprise and chat to the lunchtime Visitor Centre customers.
Belted Galloway Proprietor Gordon Andrews has known Mr Salmond since 1978 and had arranged the visit some time ago when he heard of his trip to Galloway. Mr Andrews took the opportunity to present Mr Salmond with a personal gift from the area, a Belted Galloway cushion made by a local artist and craftsperson.
Mr Andrews said: “We have these hand made in red, yellow, purple, green and blue. We checked this with Moira, Alex’s wife to ensure the colour would match his home in Sauchen, I was a bit surprised when she said red, but was happy to oblige.” said Gordon.