Call for fitting tribute to Burns in Dalkeith

A discreet tribute to Robert Burns has been branded “an embarrassment” to both Dalkeith and the memory of the famous bard.

A facebook campaign to see the memorial at Komorom Court relocated to a more prominent position is gathering pace.

Clinical psychologist Derek Hanlon feels that its current positioning in the town is “not good enough’.

The 46-year-old, who was brought up in Woodburn and went to Dalkeith High School, said: “Where it is at the moment is just pathetic. It’s an embarrassment to Burns and the people of Dalkeith.

“No-one rallies people quite like Robert Burns, and so it would be wonderful if it became a central focal point in the town. It’s such a shame that we are treating it with ambivalence.”

Illuminated from above, the original fountain tribute was erected by a local Burns’ club in 1896.

It marked the centenary of his death and was a focal point at the junction of High Street and South Street.

But when it was vandalised its canopy was moved to Kings Park in 1968, where it remained until it was relocated to Komorom Court in 2003.

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