Burns followers retrace steps

The sun shone on Coldstream Burns Club members and guests as they followed in the footsteps of their hero to Coldstream Bridge to remember the bard's first sojourn onto English soil in 1787.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 15 May, 2016, 07:37
Coldstream Burns Club Bridge Ceremony

A plaque in the middle of Coldstream Bridge is a permanent reminder of Burns’ visit to the town in the May of that year. As he walked over the bridge with his good friend Robert Ainslie from Duns, Burns recited part of the Cotter’s Saturday Night on the English side of the border.

The visit is remembered annually by the local Burns Club and on Sunday members were led by a piper to the bridge for this year’s ceremony.

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In a brief re-enactment of Burns’ actions, club chairman David Douglas knelt on one knee to recite a stanza from The Cotter’s Saturday Night just as Burns had done 229 years previously.

Wreaths were then attached to the bridge parapet alongside the club’s commemoration plaque. After the ceremony the attendees adjourned to the Craw Green, next to the bridge, where the chairman welcomed guests from a number of kindred clubs and from other organisations in the town, including Coldstreamer, Jamie Nicholson.