The historic symmetry of the past is only a train ride away

The Galston Town Trail is a rich alternative to the bland school outings to malls and multiplex cinemas, says Graham Boyd

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“The train slowly ground to a halt as it arrived at the station. Through the gloom a large sign read Galston, a name I had never heard of. What will this strange place far from home be like? We climbed down from the train, I was surprised the platform was crowded, why are all these people here? A large cheer filled the air…”

What do you think? That’s a pupil’s creative-writing diary entry about arriving in Galston as a refugee escaping from Belgium during the First World War.

News stories often relay harrowing accounts of refugees fleeing conflict, yet the story of the community of Galston ...

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