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Leaders have supper with Broons

Gordon Brown and Alex Salmond
Gordon Brown and Alex Salmond are to appear in the famous comic strip

Gordon Brown and Alex Salmond are to appear in the iconic Broons comic strip to mark the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birth.

The prime minister and Scottish first minister will be seen visiting the Broons' famous home, 10 Glebe Street, for a traditional Burns supper.

The strip is to be published in this weekend's Sunday Post.

It coincides with the launch of the Homecoming programme of events, celebrating the Bard's life.

The strip features Mr Brown arriving first at the Broons', followed by Mr Salmond, who tells the prime minister: "Is this no braw, Gordon, now we are baith in Number 10?"

Mr Salmond said "cartoon Alex" would leave politics at the door.

He added: "Robert Burns may be Scotland's greatest cultural icon, but the Broons aren't far behind with bairns of all ages around the world.

"I'm looking forward to sharing haggis, neeps and tatties, and hopefully a wee dram, with Prime Minister Broon at Scotland's very own Number 10."

A number 10 spokesman added: "It was very nice of Maw and Paw Broon to invite Gordon and Sarah over to 10 Glebe Street.

"They would be very happy to have the Broons over to their Number 10 to repay the favour the next time they are passing through."

Sunday Post editor David Pollington said Mr Brown and Mr Salmond were probably the two most famous Scots in the country.

He said: "We are delighted they are spending their time at Ma Broon's Burns' Supper."

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