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MSPs congratulate Big Burns Supper in Dumfries

The organisers of the Big Burns Supper in Dumfries have been congratulated by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament.

The annual festival brings Robert Burns to life through concerts, comedy and a community parade through the town. It will feed Burns Suppers - haggis, neeps and tatties - to 5,000 people.

The members' debate at Holyrood was introduced by Joan McAlpine, MSP for the South of Scotland. She said Dumfries, where the Bard lived and died, was the perfect town to host a festival celebrating his life:

"The town is alive with his spirit. And the Big Burns Supper festival, which opens on Friday, takes full advantage of this unique backdrop. On Saturday, the town centre hosts a free Homecoming carnival, for 2,000 people. They will paint the town tartan to the sounds of the Manchester School of Samba, because the Big Burns Supper is nothing if not eclectic on an epic scale.

"The festival, which lasts until Sunday night, brings Burns back into the heart of the community he loved and the hearts of the people who live there."

– Joan McAlpine MSP, speaking in the Scottish Parliament

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