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Robbie Burns torched at festival

Robbie Burns effigy on fire
A 30ft figure representing Rabbie Burns was set alight

A 30ft effigy of Robert Burns has been burned at the Wickerman Festival as part of the Homecoming celebrations.

The festival traditionally ends with the burning of a giant wicker figure, but the Burns figure was used this year to mark the Bard's 250th anniversary.

Acts, including 80s pop sensations Human League and folk singer Billy Bragg, performed at the event, near Kirkcudbright.

The festival has now been running for eight years.

Other artists who performed included The Zutons, Candi Staton and Bad Manners.

Despite a time of economic difficulty for some live music events, Wickerman artistic director, Sid Ambrose has sought to adapt his festival to give it wider appeal.

Burns figure
How the effigy looked before it was set on fire

He told BBC Scotland: "It has been difficult for a number of festivals, but what we've found is that, in terms of the Wickerman and the family aspect, it's seen as a short break rather than a two-day gig in a field.

"It's that short break - a short, inexpensive, action-packed holiday that's helping us survive."

The festival was inspired by the 1972 horror film of the same name, which starred Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee.

It was shot at the nearby Isle of Whithorn.



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