It’s almost a year since Lang Toon Times went back into print and what a year it has been. So much has happened in Auchterarder and the surrounding villages in that year. The website was the first to get new content and during January we built the content for the first of the new print editions.
The first print edition led with the possibility of the park in Hunter Street being used as the main access route from the new developments in Hunter Street to the town centre. An amendment to the original plans that pops up quite frequently. The secondary story was about the clubs available in Auchterarder for those interested in sport and fitness.
The second edition had the success of the Blackford Park as its lead story. Local residents had been fighting for quite some time to get improvements made to the park. At last they had everything in place and works could begin.
As the year continued, Lang Toon Times continued to explore the area and bring information to residents and visitors alike. Helping local groups get their information out to residents and trying to keep locals abreast of developments in the Perth and Kinross area and wider.
April saw the focus shift to potholes, something which are still a problem today throughout the area. The May edition called for volunteers to help with various local groups to help keep community facilities available for all. In May the online edition informed of election results and the Manchester concert bombing
As the Summer months approached the focus shifted somewhat to outside pursuits with the Provost Walk gaining some attention at the beginning of the month along with the recent Blackford Games. Almost as soon as the print edition was available the online edition took over with news of terrorist attacks in London. June finished off with reports of a robbery at the Gleneagles Hotel.
The first six months of Lang Toon Times were busy and surprising. As someone who was born and brought up in this area, I was surprised at just how much I didn’t know. Community groups I hadn’t heard of, shops and cafes I hadn’t visited and people who were extraordinary in so many different ways.
We had the youngest candidate in Strathallan local elections, the First Minister of Scotland, the Headmaster who was a Headliner on more than one occasion. A school pipe band who surpassed expectations and a Bloom Association who were recognised for their efforts by their peers. We also had Oor Wullie, an honour not many can boast.
There will be a round up of the second half of the year in the forthcoming print edition, available from 6th January in local shops.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Auchterarder, Blackford, Aberuthven and Dunning for their help and support in bringing local news back to the local area.