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In pictures: thousands celebrate at Burns an' a' That festival

Thousands of literature lovers flocked to Belleisle Park at the weekend to celebrate the legacy of Robert Burns in Scotland's Year of Homecoming at the Burns an' a' that Festival.

The Ayr festival is in its thirteenth year and combines live music, arts, food and drink and family entertainment to commemorate the bard.

The songs of Robert Burns were covered by Jim Diamond, Horse and Altered Images who all played tribute. They were joined on stage by other acts including The Blow Monkeys, Bahookie and The Casablanca Steps.

The Walled Garden was awash with buskers whilst the conservatory played home to crazy golf, children's literature and art. Hidden gems were found throughout the woodlands including Burns brass rubbings and leaded signs, lasertag and bushcraft skills.

Highlights of the day included the teddy bears picnic and The Burns Mobstars, who randomly appeared in flashmob fashion with the songs of Burns. The Tartan Bus made its debut to showcase local students filmwork and Memory's Journey (a unique sound installation) was centered around an unused metal feedstore.

The Burns an' a' that Festival is the third in a trio of South Ayrshire annual Burns events following The Robert Burns Humanitarian Awards and Alloway 1759 which take place around 25 January each year.

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