Wreath Laying Ceremony on the 2nd February 2014.

On the 1st of February 2015 within the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh.

Edinburgh and District Burns Clubs Association held their Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony. The afternoon started at 2.00pm with Jim Weatherston on Banjo singing beside the Flaxman Statue of Robert Burns. This was followed by Gordon Jamieson the Secretary of EDBCA giving a welcome to all the invited guests and friends. Jim Shields the President of EDBCA then laid a Wreath and remarked on the life and History of Robert Burns.

The Secretary then invited the representatives from the various official bodies to lay Wreaths at the base of the Statue in memory of Robert Burns. This included The Lord Provost of Edinburgh Donald Wilson who informed the representatives that it is 200 years since the first Burns Club was formed in Edinburgh. Zoja B. Bazarnic for the American Consulate in Edinburgh, also spoke about how much Burns was loved in America.

Marco Biagi on behalf of the Scottish Government and the Scottish People, Marco gave an interesting talk on Burns and the importance of Edinburgh in the poet’s life. The Provincial Grand Lodge of Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland, the Depute Provost of East Lothian and the Provost of Mid Lothian along with Christopher Baker Director of the Scottish National Portrait Galleries. We were very pleased that Isa Hanley a Director of the Robert Burns World Federation was able to attend and lay a Wreath for the Federation.

The party then sang “A Mans a Man for a’ that” and adjourned for tea and coffee. Christopher Baker Director of the Scottish National Portrait Galleries stated he was happy to offer his continued support of the EDBCA.

Gordon M. Jamieson, Secretary, EDBCA.