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Scotland's First Minister in Dumfries

Alex Salmond is visiting Dumfries today. The Scottish First Minster is taking a look at the sight of a new school that's being built as part of the Scottish Government's schools for the future program.

Earlier in the day Mr Salmond officially opened an observatory in the Dark Sky Park in the Galloway forest.

The observatory is on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Park - one of only five "gold tier" dark sky parks in the world and the only one to offer a public observatory

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has welcomed the Dark Sky Observatory.

Earlier this year, a report by Forestry Commission Scotland showed that the Dark Sky Park has provided a boost to the local economy, with 77% of guest houses and bed and breakfasts reporting an increase in bed nights during the winter off-season.

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown said:

“Dumfries and Galloway is the only part of the UK that has a Dark Sky Park and it is a great asset to our region. There has been a real increase in interest in astronomy and the night sky recently, and there is no better place to experience it than in Galloway. The Park has already been an enormous success.

"The new Observatory will give stargazers from all over the world even more reason to come and take advantage of our dark skies. This will be a further boost to our local economy, with them staying in local accommodation and eating in our region’s restaurants.”

– Russell Brown MP