A rumbustuous day yesterday as 15,000 people came out onto the streets of Dumfries to celebrate Robert Burns' birthday with lantern processions, bands, speeches and the burning of a fire sculpture on the Nith in front of Devorgilla Bridge. A good day for the town, all in all. Missed the burning because we had to get back to Penpont for a Burns evening in the pub. Stuart Paterson was present all day and read in the pub at night. A decent commemoration of the great man, I think.