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Annan the History Town

Enlivening Annan's past to create a brighter future for the town...

Annan the History Town

Annan’s history came in waves  like our Solway tide, carrying Romans to settle on our river banks,  bringing  Vikings with their haaf net fishing which we still practise here  today’; attracting the Normans including   Robert the Bruce’s family who  built Annan Castle.  The fierce power of Annan River swept it away and centuries of turmoil ensued.  When cross-border hostilities ceased, exciseman Rabbie Burns patrolled this smuggler coast and wrote great poems in Annan.  Prosperity came in the 19th Century. Record-breaking tall ships were built in Annan and sailed the Atlantic from our harbour with cargoes of people and sandstone. This red sandstone ,which helped build New York,  still brightens our High Street and every building , courtyard and back wynd has a story to tell of great writers , radical churchmen. fine artists, military leaders and more!

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Variety Showcase

We will be showcasing local talent to make it  an evening to remember.
This event was scheduled for September but , for reasons beyond our control, has had to be delayed. 

Please watch this space for updates.

Annan Academy

Date to be confirmed

September 4, 2022

 Photographs and/or video will be taken during the 2022 Summer Festival events.

By attending ATHT events you grant the organisers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help future events.  This includes (but is not  limited to) the right to use them in printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications.

If you do not wish to be photographed please inform an event organiser.