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Homecoming Scotland 2009

Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebrated the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth. We also celebrated some of Scotland’s great contributions to the world: golf, whisky, great minds and innovations and Scotland’s rich ancestry and culture.

Reporting Back From Maybole's Homecoming Finale

Carrick Academy’s St Andrew’s Night Finale in Maybole was a phenomenal success on Thursday November 26 and a fantastic kick-off to the Homecoming Scotland Finale weekend and national St Andrew’s Day celebrations.

With over local 100 performers taking part, the Maybole Town Hall was filled to capacity for a fabulous end to the Year of Homecoming celebrations in the town where the parents of Robert Burns first met and then married.

Top of the bill were The MacDonald Bros. Craig and Brian took a break from their current Christmas tour to come home to the town where they were born and raised the roof off the venue where they made their first public appearance with a set of popular hits that had the crowd on their feet and cheering for more.

The whole evening had the audience, including South Ayrshire’s Provost, Winifred Sloan, clapping their hands, stamping their feet and thoroughly enjoying the night as the singers, dancers, pipers, and fiddlers went through a fantastic range of Scottish music and dance.

To close the show, many of those taking part joined The Macdonald Bros and the audience for a rousing rendition of ‘Caledonia’, Dougie Maclean’s famous song adopted as the anthem for the Homecoming year, and all finishing with young solo piper Scott Barrie playing the chorus as he left the hall.

The whole event richly deserved the standing ovation it received and is something that will live long in the memories of all those who attended. 

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