Nostalgia: Going back to 1971 and the end of Grahamston Burns Club

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Eighteen years ago Falkirk’s Grahamston Burns Club closed down and its last president, Walter Gowans, placed his badge of honour its its leather case – where it has been ever since. But next week the badge will get a new lease of life when it is officially handed over to Mr William Muirhead, president of the Newmarket Burns Club, which recently became a member of the Burns Federation. Mr Gowans, a retired engineer from Langlees, said: ‘‘We know this club will go from strength to strength and further local interest in Robert Burns.

‘‘I am convinced this medal is going to a president and a club deeply interested in the bard and we could not hand it over to a better friend and enthusiast.’’