Top Burns role for Ian

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

A Burns en­thu­si­ast from Kirkcud­bright has been named as the pres­i­dent of the Robert Burns World Fed­er­a­tion.

Ian McIn­tyre was “chuffed”to be of­fi­cially in­stalled into his new role at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­nual con­fer­ence in Pee­bles on Satur­day.

Part of his post will in­volve speak­ing to Burns Clubs across the globe and he wasn’t wast­ing any time get­ting started as he was due to fly out to Canada yes­ter­day.

Ian, 58, said:“I’m fly­ing out to Ed­mon­ton and then I’m talk­ing to Calgary Burns Club. It’s a hol­i­day com­bined with Burns busi­ness.

“I’ve been ju­nior vice pres­i­dent of the fed­er­a­tion and se­nior vice pres­i­dent so it is a pro­gres­sion of that.”

A num­ber of Ste­wartry res­i­dents have held the post be­fore Ian, in­clud­ing Joe Camp­bell from Kirkcud­bright and Mike Duguid fromTwyn­holm.

Ian, who worked with NHS Dum­fries and Galloway be­fore his re­tire­ment, is a for­mer pres­i­dent of the Dum­fries Burns Howff Club and is a mem­ber of a num­ber of other Burns clubs across the coun­try.

And part of his role over his 12 month post is to try to get younger peo­ple in­volved to en­sure the fed­er­a­tion – the old­est lit­er­ary so­ci­ety in Scot­land – can con­tinue to thrive.

Ian, who lives in Princess Street with wife Moira, said:“Scots lan­guage is com­ing onto the school Cur­ricu­lum for Ex­cel­lence.

“It means school kids who are go­ing into first year, by the time they are in sixth year they will be able to sit a Higher in Scots lan­guage and we need to em­brace that.

“We run Burns com­pe­ti­tions in schools but af­ter that we don’t see them again un­til they are 45.

“We need to find out why that is.”

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