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Burns statue works in Dumfries will miss Guid Nychburris goal

Burns works
Image caption The council said it was confident the works would not affect Guid Nychburris celebrations

A £1m upgrade around the Burns statue in Dumfries will not be completed for its target date before the town's annual Guid Nychburris festival.

Dumfries and Galloway Council said a few "small areas" would need to be finished after 21 June.

A spokesman said they were working with festival organisers to ensure it caused no disruption.

He said the route of the Queens Baton Relay - which comes to the region on 19 June - would also not be affected.

The major improvement scheme in the heart of Dumfries town centre began earlier this year after previous delays.

It was intended it would be completed before the Guid Nychburris weekend.

'Significant progress'

However, it has now been confirmed it will not meet that target after encountering unforeseen problems with drainage in the area.

The council spokesman said: "Guid Nychburris will go ahead and it won't be affected by the work.

"We have contacted the Guid Nychburris committee to let them know the state of play.

"We are not talking about vast areas to do - there has been significant progress over the last two weeks."

He said suggestions that the works would drag on until the end of the summer were "wide of the mark".

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