Death of Greyfri­ars Bobby marked

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Kezia Dug­dale has praised the work of The Dogs Trust ahead of the 147th an­niver­sary of the death of Greyfri­ars Bobby.

The Scot­tish Labour MSP will at­tend a com­mem­o­ra­tive event to­day, ac­com­pa­nied by her golden cocker spaniel puppy, Brodie.

Held at Greyfri­ars Kirk in Ed­in­burgh, the an­nual event has been or­gan­ised by The Dogs Trust to ob­serve the im­por­tance of man’s best friend.

A ser­vice will take place as the one o’clock gun sounds, which is said to be the time at which Bobby left his mas­ter’s grave each day for a free meal at a nearby café.

Skye Ter­rier Bobby is said to have stood guard over his mas­ter’s grave for 14 years be­fore dy­ing in 1872, with books and films chron­i­cling his story.

Speeches will be made by those in at­ten­dance, with pupils from Ge­orge He­riot’s school lay­ing flow­ers at Bobby’s head­stone.

Ms Dug­dale said: “My part­ner and I have re­cently be­come the proud own­ers of our own gor­geous golden cocker spaniel, Brodie, and we’ve loved ev­ery minute of hav­ing him in our lives.

“The story of Greyfri­ars Bobby is one that every­one grows up learn­ing about, that shows the ex­tra­or­di­nary bond that ex­ists be­tween dogs and their own­ers.

“It is such a well-known and heart-warm­ing fea­ture from Ed­in­burgh’s his­tory that peo­ple from all over the world now come to visit the Greyfri­ars Bobby statue when they are in the city.

“I want to praise the Dogs Trust for tak­ing on this year’s com­mem­o­ra­tive event.”

Kezia Dug­dale.

Greyfri­ars Bobby’s statue.

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