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Laurencekirk is a wonderful town set in the splendid and stunning countryside of the Howe O' the Mearns.
Laurencekirk is a small town with a growing Population, in the old county of Kincardineshire, now Aberdeenshire and it boasts brilliant communication Links with the A90 dual carriageway north and south running right beside it and the recently opened Laurencekirk Railway Station, providing links to the rest of Britain. Laurencekirk is in the valley between the Hill of Garvock and the Cairn O'Mount in the west providing a stunning gateway to Royal Deeside.
The famous Landmark of the 'Johnston Tower' can be seen on the peak of the Garvock Hill along with the new windfarm to the East and is used as a symbol for Laurencekirk. It is used as a logo for the local secondary School Mearns Academy, which was awarded it special Charter Mark in 2003.
The population of Laurencekirk is growing as new developments encourage people into the area and it currently has a population of Approximaltey 3800 people.
Laurencekirk was, in the past, very famous for making snuff boxes and they made some with a special type of airtight hinge known as the 'Laurencekirk Hinge' which was invented by a Laurencekirk man, James Sandy.
Lewis Grassic Gibbon wrote much about the Mearns and the surrounding area and named his book which became famous as 'Sunset Song'. The Grassic Gibbon Centre was set up as a tribute to him just a few miles from Laurencekirk in Arbuthnott.
There is an abundance of amenities and local services in Laurencekirk providing all the local community.
There are 3 Public Houses, The crown and the Royal Hotels tend to appeal to the younger age group whilst the Western is a regular haunt for the older locals without sounding ageist! There is also the Alma Indian Hotel and bar with a super take away service and the yummy Chinese take away restaurant and a great fish and chip shop. Bizzie's on the high street has proved to be a central focal point for the village whether is be meeting for a coffee or having something delicious to eat.
Excellent choice of Amenities include the Post Office with an extensive range of lovely gifts and cards, A large Scot Mid and a new Cooperative Supermarket at the other end of the high street, a Pet Shop, Baker, Butchers, Award winning Hair and beauty Salons ( Bespoke and the Fringe), and Beckley Kenny and Co, a Solicitor and Estate Agents. The old Mart has been converted into the most popular children's supervised play Centre, Dizzy Rascalls with a wonderful Beauticians Pamperzone offering all kinds of therapies next door. For those wanting to get fit, there is a new Gym Plus local fitness instructor Jacquie D who offers a variety of fitness classes. There is fantastic new sports centre within the new Academy Campus which runs, badminton, a gym and karate classes amongst other things and there is a fantastic private nursery for children called Poppies which is in the old Drs surgery on Blackiemuir Avenue.
Civic amenities include a police station, a library, a community Centre, and 'out of school' club and an extensive newly built Health Centre and Dental Practice. People can meet at the Venue and there are 3 halls available for public hire and the Dickson Hall regular holds musical evenings and entertainments nights. There are two wonderful playing parks with facilities for skateboarding and play and a super Bowling club. There are also two churches serving the community. It really does have everything!
It boasts a super primary school which is currently being expanded and highly recommended brand new secondary school 'Mearns Academy' which performs very highly in the government league tables thanks to the dedication of school rector Mr Martindale.
Facts aside, Laurencekirk is a friendly town with huge community spirit. It is a town with heart and there is a huge support by the locals for community events and the Laurencekirk and District Rotary is at the heart of this Community.
In the next 30 days...
We meet on Mondays at 18.00 for 18.30
Laurencekirk AB30 1BL tel: 01561 377353