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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
On the Burns trail

DUMFRIES’ close links to Robert Burns are being celebrated with a special display this month.

It has been put together by staff at the town’s VisitScotland iCentre, who have also produced a video encouraging people to take part in the Burns trail around town

The visitor information hub, at Whitesands, has been transformed to coincide with Burns Night on January 25 and visitors can see items donated by Dumfries Museum, including replica candlestick holders, inkwells and quills which would have been used by Burns.

The collection also includes Burns tartan, several books, a bust and commemorative plate.

The Bard spent the last years of his short life living in Dumfries where he wrote some of his best-known poems. There are many sites and locations associated with his life and works in the town, which staff have brought to life in a dedicated video trail.

Visitor services advisor Emma Blore said: “Once Christmas is over and January descends, our thoughts turn to Scotland’s Bard, and former Dumfries resident, Robert Burns.

“With support from Dumfries Museum, we have been able to put several items on display in our iCentre this year. There are several books that celebrate his life, as well as examples of Burns tartan and a bust. We even have some Robert Burns Lego on display.

“With more than 60 years’ experience between us, we are always happy to answer questions about Robert Burns and his many connections to Dumfries and Galloway and beyond.”

She encouraged people to think about ways of celebrating next week’s Burns Night, adding: “There are still many ways to celebrate our National Bard – whether it is taking part in the Big Burns Supper online, other online events or going on The Burns Trail around town. Our iCentre is the starting point for The Burns Trail and we would encourage locals and visitors to pop into our iCentre, have a look at our display and explore the many connections Burns has to the town and wider region.”

To view their Burns Trail video, visit: https://youtu.be/orCYDxHvWtI

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