Monday, 26 January 2009
Open letter from South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan
LAST weekend South Ayrshire celebrated the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns and the launch of the Year of Homecoming in style. The weekend was a wonderful mix of activity and events and I only wish that it had been possible to attend each and every one of these many events at some stage of the weekend.
This could certainly not have been achieved without the patience and support of the local community and I would particularly like to thank the residents and traders of Alloway who helped make the Iconic Burns parade such a success and for the warm welcome extended to the thousands of people who visited over the weekend. I would also like to thank Ayr’s retailers who created such a wonderful party atmosphere in the town centre when it was busy with Saturday shoppers.
I am sure that everyone will have their own special memories of this unique weekend when, for a brief moment, South Ayrshire was centre stage in the world-wide launch of the Year of Homecoming.
This is, of course, just the start. Ayrshire has a busy Homecoming year planned and new events are being regularly added to the diary – see www.comebacktoayrshire.com for details.
Thanks again to all who took part in the weekend celebrations and I look forward to continuing to work with you to make this Homecoming year a fun and memorable occasion for our residents and visitors alike.
Provost Winifred Sloan
South Ayrshire Council
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