Mearns Ballad Bus on Burns trail

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ON SATURDAY. August 4, the Ballad Bus, the Mearns Connections event will be a tour on the trail of Robert Burns and his ancestors.

Robert’s father William Burness was born and bred in the Howe at Clochnahill, a prosperous farm near Drumlithie just off the A90.

The Mearns was the land of the Burnesses in the early to mid 1800s.

The Ballad Bus will make its way round the Burns/Burness trail and the story will be illustrated with fine music and song, poetry, narration and conviviality from Dennis and Lorna Collie, Alan Sim, Donald Clerk and Marion Robson. A cup of tea and a piecie is part of the package.

All are welcome but Marion advises that tickets be purchased in advance. They are £10 each, from the Grassic Gibbon Centre, 01561 361668.

The Ballad Bus leaves the Centre at 1pm with the usual pick ups en route starting at 12.10pm at Edzell Glenesk Travel, then Laurencekirk Community Centre, Mearns Academy and Fordoun Redmyre School. The Ballad Bus returns to the Grassic Gibbon Centre just after 3pm.