Burns statue returns to Kilsyth

The official presentation of the Burns statue
The official presentation of the Burns statue

A MUCH-treasured statue of the nation’s poet has been returned to Kilsyth in a touching and emotional donation ceremony.

A veritable who’s who of historians, community activists and Burns enthusiasts in the town gathered at the Kilsyth Library to welcome the Bard home after he was donated back to the community by Ian Leishman, friend of former provost Malcolm Shields, whom the statue was originally presented to.

Date: 02/04/12. KILSYTH, Kilsyth Library. Burns statue being presented to the community, pictured: Ian Leishman.

Date: 02/04/12. KILSYTH, Kilsyth Library. Burns statue being presented to the community, pictured: Ian Leishman.

Kilsyth Community Council member, Margot Macmillan said: “Many years ago this statue was given to Mr Leishman by Malcolm Shields.

“Ian promised that the statue would find its way back to Kilsyth and now it has.”

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