Dreich Weather fails to dampen ‘Castle Capers’ to celebrate King Robert’s birthday

SNP Dumfries East, Lochar & District, and West Dumfries Branch hosted a Family Fun event to mark the birthday of one of Scotland’s greatest historical figures on Sunday.

Local members hosted an afternoon of activities in the scenic location of Castledykes Park to celebrate the birthday of King Robert the Bruce – who was born on the 11th of July 1274.

Children and adults alike were invited to join the festivities by taking part in a treasure hunt, designing their own coat of arms, face painting, participating in games and wearing costumes. There was also a raffle and BBQ.

Revelers who braved the dreich weather were joined by local MSPs Joan McAlpine and Emma Harper.

Ms Harper commented:

“It was great to see so many folk out in force to mark the occasion. Despite the dreich weather – a lot of fun was had.

“King Robert the Bruce is, of course, one of Scotland’s most famous and culturally significant figures and it’s vital that we make the effort to celebrate and promote that.

“It is also important to recognise the significance of Robert the Bruce’s story to us locally here in Dumfries.

Ms McAlpine added:

“When Robert the Bruce began a rising against the forces of occupation in Scotland, his first victory in 1306 was to take the Castle of Dumfries. It started the process of national liberation which culminated in Bannockburn in 1314 and was asserted so eloquently in the Arbroath Declaration of Independence in 1320. But it all began here in Dumfries and the exact site - Castledykes Park - belongs to the people of the town.

“It was fantastic to have a wee family funday to celebrate the achievements of the patriot king.”

Local Councillor, Alastair Witts said:

“I was delighted to see Castledykes park being used as the location for this event. The park is common good land, owned by the people of Dumfries Burgh, and I would encourage more people to make use of this wonderful facility.

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