Top Burns role for Ian
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.”