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By Fiona Reid
Lockerbie and Lochmaben
Birthday bash for Bruce

AN event will take place in Lochmaben this weekend to mark the 750th anniversary of the birth of King Robert the Bruce.

The Lochmaben Heritage Centre is organising the bash at the town hall on Sunday afternoon from 2–5 pm.

It will be opened by piper Callum Wilson, followed by an address from Annandale North Councillor Stephen Thompson celebrating the connection of Robert the Bruce with both the town and Lochmaben Castle.

In addition to the existing visual display of the town’s history with Lochmaben Castle over the past 800 years, there will be a display of the Bruce’s victory at the Battle of Bannockburn. An additional display will deal with the celebrated victory by the Lochmaben townspeople at the Battle of Lochmaben Fair in 1484.

Entertainment will include medieval and contemporary music featuring Mary Barclay and Doug Carrol together with LOKA, plus artworks from both the Lochmaben and Hightae Art groups.

There will also be the opportunity to investigate ancestry issues with Jack Wilson from Dumfries Heritage Research.

Organiser Tony Hancock said: “Lochmaben was at one time the Bruce family home and some say where Bruce was born.”

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