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Ayr's popular Burnsfest music festival cancelled

Eddi Reader Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Eddi Reader is one of the artists to headline the festival in recent years

One of Ayrshire's biggest festivals has been cancelled by South Ayrshire Council.

The popular Burnsfest was a free family music festival held each May in Rozelle Park, Ayr.

Last year's event, which was attended by thousands of people, was headlined by local singer-songwriter Eddi Reader.

South Ayrshire Council said the authority had to make "difficult choices" for it to "live within its resources".

A spokeswoman added: "The council is proud to support a number of Burns events throughout the year and is looking forward to kicking off a new decade, and Scotland's Winter Festivals with the Robert Burns Humanitarian Awards on 22 January and the Burns on the Beach celebration on 24 January."

One local has started a petition to have the festival reinstated, suggesting that the event should become paid-for rather than mainly funded by the council.

Discover Ayrshire said the cancellation was a "crying shame" and a "great loss" for Ayrshire.

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