Two years ago Maybole
celebrated the 250th anniversary of the wedding of William
Burnes and local girl Agnes Broun in the town. After the
marriage on December 15, 1757, the couple went to live in
Alloway where their son Robert was born on January 25, 1759.
This year is the 250th anniversary of that
momentous birth and 2009 has been designated the Year of
Homecoming to mark the event.
So this year Maybole
re-enacted Agnes’ “coming home” to Maybole with husband
William and their baby to join in the fun of a Homecoming
Day and Market Fair funded by EventScotland and South
Ayrshire Council. The couple had first met at a market fair
in Maybole in 1756. On the day they were played by Donald
Kay and Arlene McCreadie.
Niall Murphy and Sam
Currie, pupils at St Cuthbert’s Primary, were officially
crowned as Gala King and Queen of Carrick on Sunday, June 21
at the Greenside. Accompanied by attendants Erin Coyne and
Ryan Wilson, Cairn Primary; and Julie Dalton and Corey
Best, Gardenrose Primary, the royal couple had paraded from
Carrick Academy through the town to the Greenside via
Kirkoswald Road, Whitehall, High Street and Culzean Road.
Maybole Pipe Band had led
the parade which included local groups dressed in period
costume or in topical themes. Irvine and District Pipe Band
joined the parade at the junction with Ladyland Road and at
the Town Hall there was a special addition with William,
Agnes and their firstborn joined the parade. The Isle of
Cumbrae Pipe Band joined the parade at Maybole Castle.
Earlier in the day the
three pipe bands had played in six local villages -
Straiton, Minishant, Maidens, Crosshill, Kirkmichael and
Kirkoswald. The Market Fair opened at noon with over 40
stalls open for business. After the parade arrived at the
Greenside Depute Provost of South Ayrshire Council Mary
Kilpatrick welcomed everyone to this special Homecoming
event and invited Sandra Osborne MP to officially open the
Adam Ingram MSP then
crowned Niall as king and Cathy Jamieson crowned Sam as
queen, before the winners of the various competitions were
announced. Best walking group were the 1st
Maybole Brownies and St Cuthbert’s Primary School was runner
This year the special
event was spread across three different venues; the
Greenside, the Town Hall and Maybole Castle which was
especially busy for guided tours, a wild bird display, a
petting zoo, pony rides, a bouncy castle, children's stall
and games, Uncle Billy and Sky High Falconry flying display.
Organisers Maybole Community Association would like to thank
EventScotland and South Ayrshire Council for funding the
day; everyone who put so much effort into making the day
such a success, and a special thanks to local police.