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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!
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A major milestone has been reached in the history of Scotland's oldest working theatre.
The Theatre Royal, in Dumfries, will re-open its doors on Wednesday following a £2 million refurbishment.
This afternoon, the bust of Robert Burns was returned to its rightful place, before the first performance. Lori Carnochan reports:
A major milestone was reached today when the bust of Robert Burns was returned to the Theatre Royal in Dumfries.
It was removed almost two years ago to allow for a £2 million overhaul and expansion of Scotland's oldest working theatre.
"We took Rabbie out because we didn't think he'd be safe when all the work was happening so he went to the Globe, Burns' favourite pub.
"Over the years we noticed he had sustained a little bit of damage shall we say so we decided that since we're going to have a nice new theatre, Rabbie should get a bit of a facelift too. Now that we're just about open for panto we felt he needed to be back."
The theatre, which was built in 1792, has a new glass atrium, a refurbished stage and seating area, a new bar, workshop, rehearsal studio and toilets.It came close to permanently closing in 2011, before The Holywood Trust stepped in with a £1 million grant.
Dumfries and Galloway Council gave £455,000 and other fundraisers were then able to raise the remaining £550,000 to carry out the works.
The theatre will officially open on Wednesday 2nd December with "Beauty and the Beast" pantomime.
The bust of Robert Burns is being returned to the Theatre Royal in Dumfries after it was moved to allow for refurbishment.
The theatre, which is Scotland's oldest working theatre, has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment.
Robert Burns was one of the early patrons of the theatre and his bust was moved to his favourite pub whilst work was carried out.
The theatre re-opens on December 2nd with the pantomime Beauty and the Beast.
A Burns Night carnival through the streets of Dumfries attracted at least 10,000 spectators and participants.
The parade was lit by at least 3,000 lanterns and spectators lined the streets and the centre of the town where Burns lived.
The procession, which included 6 large main floats, and 432 specially made costumes from 20 community artists, impressed Government Minister Humza Yousaf.
"I came to Dumfries with high expectations, but I was absolutely blown away by this carnival.
"The creativity of the people of Dumfries is absolutely incredible."
The carnival started at 5pm and was led by a huge lantern made in conjunction with Barnado's Scotland, the Big Burns Supper's partner charity.
Organisers were pleased with the event.
"Tonight was just astonishing - I think Rabbie Burns would have been astounded to see so many people turning out for such a huge celebration of his work, his spirit and of Scottish culture"
"The carnival will be spectacular, there will be more than 4,000 people parading through the streets, there will be 2015 lanterns to help celebrate the 2015 UNESCO Year of Light, there will be six bands, six big floats, hundreds of costumes, thousands of people on the streets, it's going to be absolutely spectacular."
The Big Burns Supper Festival got underway in Dumfries last night.
The event is to celebrate Scotland's national bard, Robbie Burns, whose birthday it would be tomorrow.
It is the first time the event has run for nine days in a row.
Dumfries is looking forward to the Burns Supper Carnival, this Sunday. And there's plenty of work going on to make sure everything's ready.Read the full story ›