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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

Dumfries children discover Robert Burns

As Scotland gears up to celebrate it's national bard this weekend, schoolchildren in Dumfries are doing their part and discovering more about Robert Burns' life.

Pupils from Laurieknowe Primary School Dumfries discover more about Robert Burns Credit: ITV News

Burns spent the last years of his life in Dumfries and now a special trail has been set up to allow youngsters an insight into the poets work.

Pupils from Laurieknowe Primary School Dumfries discover more about Robert Burns Credit: ITV News
Pupils from Laurieknowe Primary School Dumfries discover more about Robert Burns Credit: ITV News
Pupils from Laurieknowe Primary School Dumfries discover more about Robert Burns Credit: ITV News

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Burns' watch sells for £40,000 at auction

Robert Burns' watch sold for 20 times its estimated value Credit: ITV News

A watch owned by Scotland's national poet Robert Burns has sold at auction for almost 40 thousand pounds. It went for almost 20 times its estimated valuation.

The watch was given to Burns by his wife, Jean Credit: ITV News

The watch, which was given to the Dumfries based poet by his wife, was bought by a mystery buyer

Time's up for Burns watch

The pocket watch being sold at auction Credit: ITV News Border

A watch owned by the Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, is expected to raise more than £2500 when it is sold at auction in Edinburgh today.

It was given to the Dumfries-based poet by his wife Jean Armour and has a love letter inside.

The love note inside of the watch Credit: ITV News Border

Robert Burns' watch to go up for sale

The watch was once owned by Robert Burns Credit: Lyon & Turnbull

A watch that once belonged to Scotland's most famous poet, Robert Burns, will be sold at an auction in Edinburgh today.

The watch is expected to raise over £2,500 Credit: Lyon & Turnbull

It was given to him by his wife, Jean Armour, and includes a love letter inside. It's expected to raise more than £2,500.

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