Congratulating Mrs Judith Jardine from Moffat on being appointed an MBE

That the Parliament congratulates Mrs Judith Jardine from Moffat on being appointed an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for services to education;

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Big Burns Supper 2014

That the Parliament congratulates the Big Burns Supper festival on its programme of music, carnival, cabaret and theatre that that will take place in Dumfries from 24 to 26 January 2014; understands that the Big Burns Supper was established in 2012 and is now the world’s biggest Burns Night celebration; further understands that the 2014 festival will be the biggest to date, attracting visitors from Scotland, the UK and across the world; welcomes the varied programme of entertainment featuring international as well as local talent including Big Country, the Spanish-born singer, Concha Buika, and Cammy Black from Dumfries and Galloway;

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Congratulating Dumfries-Born Driver Allan McNish

That the Parliament congratulates Dumfries-born driver Allan McNish who has secured the World Endurance Championship alongside his Audi team-mates, Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval, following a third place finish in the penultimate race of the series in Shanghai;

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The Burrell Collection (Lending and Borrowing) (Scotland) Bill

That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Burrell Collection (Lending and Borrowing) (Scotland) Bill and agrees that it should proceed as a private bill.

Congratulating Strathaven Echoes

That the Parliament congratulates Strathaven Echoes on reaching its 25th anniversary; considers that, in these days of social media and 24-hour news channels, the local paper can still be a lifeline to many people;

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Congratulations to the Globe Inn

That the Parliament congratulates Jane Brown, the manager of the Globe Inn in Dumfries, on becoming president of the Robert Burns World Federation; acknowledges her enthusiasm and work in promoting the works of the National Bard throughout Scotland and across the world; understands that she is an honorary member of the Burns Howff Club, president of the Southern Scottish Counties Burns Association and a past president of the Dumfries Ladies Burns Club No 1;

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Moat Brae Windows Appeal

That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Moat Brae Windows Appeal by Joanna Lumley; notes that Moat Brae is a listed Georgian townhouse in Dumfries, designed by Walter Newall in 1823, who it believes is acknowledged as being the inspiration for JM Barrie’s iconic character Peter Pan, understands that the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust was set up in 2009 to save the Moat Brae house and garden from demolition;

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Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival

That the Parliament commends the Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival (MMBF) on reaching its fifth year; understands that the MMBF is a developing community music festival that specifically seeks to promote bluegrass music and encourages people of all ages to learn how to play an instrument associated with the genre;

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Congratulations to Dumfries and Galloway Canine Rescue Centre

That the Parliament congratulates Dumfries and Galloway Canine Rescue Centre on rehoming its 3,000th dog; notes that the centre was opened in March 2003 and rehomes around 300 dogs per year;

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The Usual Place

That the Parliament recognises the development of a new social enterprise café, the Usual Place, close to Dumfries town centre;

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