Lanark has a number of community events and initiatives underway. The most notable being the Lanark Lanimers, an ancient duty that has morphed into an annual, week-long festival of celebrations. Other events in the Lanark Festivals programme include, a flower festival in Castlebank Park in the spring, and a winter festival, which includes the annual Christmas Market, Illuminated Winter Parade & Late Night Shopping Event. Lanark’s thriving high street is at the forefront of digital development. Large touch screens around the town promote local events, and also link through to the town’s website. A charitable group keeps the town hanging baskets in shape and recently received GOLD for the first time at the Beautiful Scotland Awards. In addition to aesthetic improvements, the ‘Lanark Wombles’ organise regular litter picks around town. Lanark is also full of innovative ideas that promote the town’s heritage, the most unique being the Lanark Closes project, which sees closes in disrepair transformed with spray paint murals.
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