First minister to attend Ayr Burns supper

The life of Robert Burns will be celebrated at a special Burns Supper to be held in the Ayrshire Suite at Ayr Racecourse next January.

The Homecoming Burns Supper on Saturday January 12, 2013 will be the biggest ever held in Ayrshire with up to 700 guests expected and First Minister Alex Salmond will deliver the Immortal Memory.

An array of quality speakers and musical entertainment has been lined up by the organisers headed by Joe Campbell, Honorary President of the Robert Burns World Federation.

One of the highlights of the evening will be a highly original rendition of the Burns classic Tam O’Shanter by Ayr born comedy actress Karen Dunbar.

The Toast to the Lasses will be given by renowned after dinner speaker and former sprint champion George McNeill, with the reply from BBC news reader Sally Magnusson.

Musical highlights will come from celebrated Scottish singers Karen Matheson and Jamie McDougall with accompaniment throughout the evening from John Carmichael and His Band and World Champion Piper Iain Macfadyen.

The Ayrshire Suite will be transformed for the night and there are lots of surprises in store.

Joe Campbell commented: “ There are many thousands of Burns Suppers throughout the world each January, but perhaps this glittering event may be the most special of all situated as it is Ayrshire, the birthplace and source of inspiration for the 400 poems and 300 songs of Robert Burns translated into dozens of different languages across the globe.”