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Lokeren is a municipality located in the Belgianmarker province of East Flandersmarker. The municipality comprises the city of Lokeren proper and the towns of Daknam and Eksaardemarker. It is located on the Durme, a tributary of the Scheldtmarker, and is the second most important city of the Waaslandmarker after Sint-Niklaasmarker. Mayor Filip Anthuenis (VLD) was elected for a second mandate during the elections on October 8, 2006.

History

Origins

Archaeological finds on the Lokeren territory prove that this area was populated in Neolithic times. A Roman road ran along the Durme river. The name Waasmarker was given to this area by the Romans from the Germanic root Wasu meaning “marshy land”. The first mention of the name Lokeren, however, dates from 1114. Unlike the older settlements, the new village came to be built on the right bank of the Durme. By the middle of the 12th century, it had become an independent parish, with agriculture and flax as the two main drivers of the economy. The textile industry would remain important until well into the 20th century.

16th century until now

In 1555, Charles V gave Lokeren the right to hold a market. In the 16th and 17th century, the whole Waasland was in the line of fire between Protestant Netherlandsmarker and Catholic Spainmarker, often with terrible consequences for the local population. After the French Revolution, the area was made part of the new Département de l’Escautmarker, with Lokeren at the head of a canton. This did not last long as the department was split in 1800 and Lokeren made part of the arrondissement of Dendermondemarker. Napoleon Bonaparte promoted the town to the status of city in 1804.

Until the 1970s, haircutting (an industrial practice of cutting hair from rabbit skins to make felt, a basic material for hat makers) and slaughterhouses were among Lokeren’s main industries. Today, the city enjoys a more varied economical and cultural infra-structure.

Sights



Famous inhabitants



Sports and events

  • The best football club of the city is K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen.
  • Lokeren is well known within Flanders for an annual ten-day music fest and fair (the LokerseFeesten), which takes place during the first week of August.


Twin Towns

Lokeren is twinned with

Church of Saint Laurence


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