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Dumfries prepares to celebrate Scotland's best loved bard

The celebrations include a parade through the town. Credit: ITV Border

Final preparations are underway for more than a week of events in Dumfries to celebrate the life and work of Scotland's favourite poet.

Robert Burns spent his final years, and wrote some of his best loved songs and poems, in the town.

A torch-lit carnival through the town's streets will take place on Burns Night on Sunday.

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Dumfries Homecoming Carnival

Thousand of people took to the streets of Dumfries to enjoy a Burns Night carnival.

The event was part of the Big Burns Supper festival. More than thirty community groups took part.

Enjoy a taste of the festival here:

Revellers enjoy the carnival atmosphere Credit: ITV News Border
Images from the event Credit: ITV News Border
The centre of Dumfries was transformed Credit: ITV News Border
More than 30 community groups took part Credit: ITV News Border
The festivities in full swing Credit: ITV News Border

Thousands to take part in Homecoming Carnival

The Cairn String Quartet' playing at the Burns monument Credit: ITV

More than 2,000 people will be taking part in a carnival on Dumfries High Street.It takes place at 5pm today (Sat 25th).

The carnival is part of the Big Burns Supper, a three day even celebrating the life and poetry of the Robert Burns.

The Carnival will will tell the story of the 'unknown soldier' who goes to war 100 years ago.

More than 30 different community groups from across the region will be taking part.

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