With Burns night fast approaching on January 25, the Alloway and Southern Ayrshire Family History society have a timely talk about the poet.
On January 21, in Alloway Church Hall, Carnegie Library Historian Tom Barclay will be giving a talk on The Great Burns Festival of 1844.
The Burns Festival was designed as a homecoming event for Burns’s children who had all moved away from the area and to celebrate the Bard’s work.
The main events turned out to be a parade from the low green in Ayr right out to the Burns monument as well as a banquet in a pavilion which accomodated up to 2,000 people who admired Burns’s work from all over the world and they enjoyed the festivities.
Doors will open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start with a charge of £1.50 to visitors. This will be refunded if visitors decide to join the society. Refreshments will also be provided.