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The Provost's Civic Pride
Awards - spring 2015
Irvine Burns Club, in partnership with the Irvine Lasses Burns Club, not only topped the Arts and Culture category, but was also awarded the Provost's prize as overall winners. Each year North Ayrshire Council recognises individuals and organisations who contribute significantly to the community.
Left: President Derek Murdoch holding the Civic Pride awards which recognise the contribution made to community life and heritage by the Irvine Burns Club and the Irvine Lasses Burns Club.
Right:The Friendship Cup - "Presented by Irvine Burns Club to Annie Small President of Irvine Lasses Burns Club to mark its 40th Anniversary, February 2015."
New in 2015: The long-lost (101 years) lifeboat station
now on display in Wellwood Museum
New in 2016: The chair used by
Burns in the back shop of Templeton's bookshop returns to Irvine
after 107 years in Australia, and is now on display in 'Wellwood'
Good Morning Scotland programme - January 2013 but still of interest
Website items include:
The June 2015 return to Irvine of the Lifeboat Station Barometer is documented on our Irvine Harbourside page, under Resources > RNLI & Irvine 1861.
The Burns statue, donated by John Spiers in 1896, sculpted by James Pittendrigh Macgillivray, the scene of an annual wreath-laying ceremony on the January Sunday nearest the Bard's birthday.
In 1781 Robert Burns worked in Irvine. In 1781 Robert Burns worked in Irvine, where Captain Richard Brown encouraged Burns to publish his verse, and Burns kept up with current literature in William Templeton's shop. Burns found Irvine a 'wonderfully educative place' (Carswell). The late Sandy Macara was of the opinion that "Irvine is also where Burns caught the rheumatic fever that caused his death"!