Lockdown restrictions have put paid to one of the north-east’s largest celebrations of the national bard Robert Burns.
Fraserburgh Burns Club secretary Gordon Thomson said the decision to cancel the group’s annual event, scheduled to take place in the town’s leisure centre on Saturday, Janaury 23, has been made with a “heavy heart”.
He said: “This decision was made in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic and the general feeling that there is little chance of us being albe to hold a dinner in January in the normal manner.
“I am sure this will be a major disappointment to many of us, but the safety of members, entertainers, speakers and leisure centre staff must be of paramount importance.”
The Burns Club annual membership fee has also been waived and current office bearers will retain their respective rolls for another year.
It is expected that similar celebrations of the famed poet, normally held across the north and north-east each year, will meet a similar fate.