Dug­dale lauds the Dogs Trust ahead of an­nual Greyfri­ars Bobby ser­vice

The Scotsman - - Brexit - By LEWIS MCKEN­ZIE

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 her­gold­en­cock­erspanielpuppy, 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 cafe.

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 part­nerandi­havere­cently­be­come the proud own­ers of our own gor­geous golden cocker spaniel,brodie,andwe’velovede­v­ery minute of hav­ing him in our lives. The story of Greyfri­ars Bobby shows the ex­tra­or­di­nary bond that ex­ists be­tween dogs and their own­ers.

“I want to praise the Dogs Trust for tak­ing on this year’s com­mem­o­ra­tive event and en­sur­ing that the an­niver­sary was marked again with the sup­port it de­serves.”

Kezia Dug­dale will be at Greyfri­ars Kirk in Ed­in­burgh

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