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POSITIVE ACTION IN PREPARATION FOR HOMECOMING SCOTLAND 2009
Homecoming Scotland 2009 has achieved something.


AT LAST ALLOWAY HISTORICAL SIGN POSTS ERECTED!!
AT LAST ROBERT BURNS IS RECOGNISED IN HIS HOME TOWN !!


250 years since his Birth no acknowledgement of Alloway's Historical and Heritage Significance !!!!!
It has taken 250 years for signposts being placed at road entrances to the village of Alloway,
alerting travellers to the fact that Robert Burns was born in this vicinity.
Before and since the Bicentenary of The Death of Robert Burns in 1996,
I - Margaret Morrall, a local Burnsian have been writing and requesting from the powerful decision makers in South Ayrshire Council to erect signposts at the entrances to the village of Alloway alerting people passing through the historical and heritage significants of where they are!!
Tourist can now safely take a photo reminder home as well as one taken over the busy road!!

Considering all other places in Ayrshire have acknowledgements--Troon: Kirkoswald: Girvan: Mauchline.
Alloway was conspicuous by the absence of this acknowledgement!!

My Previous communications stating:
Are we waiting for the National Trust for Scotland to provide these important landmarks?
 Where would Ayr have been if Robert Burns had been born elsewhere?
The activity of South Ayrshire Council's three Councillors Bill Grant, Elaine Little and Michael Peddie have finally achieved the impossible -  5 Signposts erected at the entrances to the village of Alloway acknowledging Burns was born here.

Five years after the Death of Robert Burns in 1801 nine of his friends met to have fellowship and friendship in the Birthplace "New Gardens" in Alloway then an Ales House. The world's first recorded Burns Supper. (Ref in Ayr Burns Club web site)
For 207 years people have been making pilgrimages to the Burns Cottage in Alloway, Royalty: Overseas World Leaders; Keats.
Since then the only acknowledgement in Alloway that this was the Birthplace of Scotland's National Poet was on  the notice Board above the front door of the Burns Cottage.
                                                 
From Maybole -   at Bridge over River Doon        Alloway Auld Kirk to the left through the Trees
RECORDING OUR APPROVAL OF INSTALLATION OF ALLOWAY HISTORICAL SIGNPOSTS



     

COUNCILLOR BILL GRANT: COUNCILLOR ELAINE LITTLE:
AYR BURNS CLUB- PRESIDENT MARGARET MORRALL: COUNCIL MEMBER ALEX MacKENZIE
UNFORTUNATELY COUNCILLOR MICHAEL PEDDIE COULD NOT ATTEND.

2008 The Robert Burns World Federation