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Langholm celebrates Neil Armstrong's life

An old copy of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard showing Armstrong's 'Freeman' status Credit: ITV News Border

Langholm is celebrating the life of Neil Armstrong through a series of special events being held in June.

The 'From Moon to Muckle Toon' exhibition is being displayed in Langholm Town Hall and showcases the moon landing and Armstrong's visit to the town.

Display boards showcasing the life of Armstrong Credit: ITV News Border

The town of Langholm in Dumfriesshire claimed the astronaut as one of its own and made him a Freeman in 1972 to commemorate his moon landing, which took place three years earlier.

Full story: Life of Armstrong to be celebrated in Langholm

Locals from Langholm want to celebrate the life of Neil Armstrong with a series of events this summer.

In 1972 the first man on the moon visited Langholm to trace his Scottish ancestry.

If you met him that day - and would like to share your memories - the good folk at the town hall would like to hear from you.

Jenny Longden has this report:

Organisers over the moon with plans to celebrate Armstrong's life

A series of events is being planned to commemorate and celebrate the life of Langholm's most famous son- Neil Armstrong.

In particular, community leaders, are appealing to locals to come forward and share their memories of the famous day when the first man on the moon was given the 'Freedom of the Burgh', in 1972.

Armstrong is said to have descendants from the area and remains the towns only Freeman.

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Borders man pays tribute to an American Hero

A piper clad in Clan Armstrong tartan will represent Scotland at a memorial ceremony for the first man on the moon.

Angus Sutherland, who comes from the Borders, will pipe Neil Armstrong's family into Washington DC cathedral.

"Armstrong was a modest man who achieved magnificent things. He was extremely proud of his Scottish roots and never more so than the day in 1972 when, in the “Muckle Toon” of Langholm in Dumfriesshire, he accepted the freedom of the town. Local people were surprised but delighted when he accepted their invitation and when Mr Armstrong declared that Langholm would from then on be considered his home town.

The people of Scotland will be represented at this fitting memorial in Washington by a Scottish Government representative based in the US and of course by the talented piping of Mr Sutherland.”

– Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister

Funeral today of Neil Armstrong - who called Langholm 'home'

The funeral takes place today of Neil Armstrong - the first man on the moon. Langholm in the Borders is the ancestral home of the Armstrong clan and the astronaut visited in 1972 to receive the freedom of 'Muckle Toon'.

During the visit he referred to Langholm as 'my home town'. Now the town councillors are considering a memorial service for him.

Neil Armstrong died in Ohio on Saturday, aged 82. A private service is due to be held today in Cincinnati.

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