Big sup­port for El­lis­land plans

£10m de­vel­op­ment at Burns’ home

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - SHARON LIPTROTT

Sup­port has come flood­ing in for the plans to cre­ate a £10 mil­lion tourist at­trac­tion at Robert Burns’ for­mer home at El­lis­land Farm.

Site cu­ra­tor Stu­art Cochrane told the Stan­dard the pro­pos­als will go on show at pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tions in the com­ing months.

He said: “We are keen to show the pub­lic and po­ten­tial fun­ders the plans and need the help of lo­cal peo­ple in build­ing up sup­port over the next six months.

“El­lis­land was gifted to the na­tion in 1928 by two Duris­deer broth­ers ‘for the con­tem­pla­tion of the life and works’ of the Bard so we have to work within that perime­ter but all sug­ges­tions will be ap­pre­ci­ated.”

The pro­pos­als have been wel­comed by fans of the Bard.

David Smith, of the Burns Howff Club, said: “The plans as laid out for El­lis­land are cer­tainly ex­cit­ing, if a bit am­bi­tious, and if the fund­ing can be se­cured it will mean that El­lis­land will be­come a ma­jor at­trac­tion for all Burns en­thu­si­asts.”

Miller Cald­well, of Dum­fries Burns Club, said: “As a club we are sup­port­ers of the Friends of El­lis­land and were de­lighted to learn of their plans.”

A noted Dum­fries Burn­sian John Caskie said: “I have been fol­low­ing these plans and while they are a bit ad­ven­tur­ous I am hop­ing that the lo­cal com­mu­nity and Bur­rn­sians ev­ery­where will get be­hind them and give them their sup­port. It would be won­der­ful to see it hap­pen and be suc­cess­ful.

“I at­tend many Burns sup­pers and events and it al­ways as­ton­ishes me that peo­ple don’t re­alise that El­lis­land is still there and can be vis­ited.

“And they don’t re­alise that Auld Lang Syne and Tam O’Shanter were writ­ten there by Burns.

El­lis­land is a very im­por­tant place and it is time that it gets the recog­ni­tion it de­serves and this will put it on the map.”

Mak­ing plans for El­lis­land Cu­ra­tor Stu­art Cochrane

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