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Wickerman Festival cancelled for 2016

Last year's festival. Credit: Wickerman Festival.

Organisers of the popular Wickerman music festival have revealed the festival will not go ahead in 2016.

Following the hugely successful running of The Wickerman Festival in 2015, which followed shortly after the death of the event’s co-founder Jamie Gilroy, the Wickerman Festival organisers have decided to take a year off in 2016.

The event will go ahead in 2017 and plans are already taking shape. The organisers are grateful for the kind messages and loyal support from all Wicker fans and look forward to announcing further details about the 2017 festival shortly."

– Wickerman Festival Director Jennie Camm

People who have purchased early bird tickets for 2016 will be refunded automatically by Skiddle.

The Wickerman Festival website, and social media, will be regularly updated to outline plans for 2017.

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Thousands line the streets for the Big Burns Supper Carnival Parade

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Thousands of people turned out in Dumfries last night for the Big Burns Supper Carnival Parade.

A lantern procession and floats toured the town centre, with the night ending in a firework display.

The event is now in its 5th year and organisers say it's been the best one yet:

It's all about the whole town and the surrounding area having amazing fun- this is what it's all about, lets celebrate Burns, we are the greatest place in the universe!

– Maureen Farrell Chairperson, Big Burns Supper Trust

Thousand expected at Big Burns Supper carnival

2015 Carnival Credit: Big Burns Supper

Last minute preparations are underway in Dumfries ahead of the Big Burns Supper carnival this evening.

Thousands of people are expected to turn out for the event, which features a lantern procession complete with floats and a firework display.

The parade starts from 5pm near to Burns Statue.

The Big Burns Supper festival in now in its fifth year and is thought to be the largest of its kind in the world.

Highlights this year have included a return of 'Le Haggis' and a sell-put gig by the Bay City Rollers.

Dumfries ready to rock and roll

Bay City Rollers Credit: pa

Dumfries is preparing to welcome the Bay City Rollers as part of the 2016 Big Burns Supper.

The 70s boy band pop stars, known for their tartan trousers and hits like Bye Bye Baby, Shang-A-Lang and I Only Wanna Be With You, will be on stage in the festival’s Spiegeltent this evening.

“It’s time to squeeze back into the tartan trousers and sing along with some of the catchiest songs of the seventies.

“We’re absolutely ecstatic to be welcoming the Les McKeown and the Bay City Rollers to Dumfries. It’s our festival’s fifth birthday and we thought it would be great celebrate with a bit of Rollermania.

– Graham Main, Artistic Director, Big Burns Supper
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