Burns Supper bites the dust

A TAXPAYER-funded Burns Supper has been axed for a second successive year.

The city council cancelled the annual event last year after concerns about the £4000 cost.

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It has been confirmed that the event will not return this year, with Lord Provost George Grubb set to represent the council at the Edinburgh and District Burns Club’s Burns Supper – where he will provide the toast – instead.

The event was first held in 2009 to mark the 250th anniversary of Burns’ birth and was repeated in 2010 despite widespread concerns about the cost.