Kyle and Carrick Civic Society celebrate Ayr 800

From: Fame Publicity Services
Published: Thu Mar 24 2005

The Ayr 800 celebrations co-ordinated by Ayr Guildry, which itself dates from 1325, continue in April with a talk in Ayr’s Carnegie Library arranged by Kyle and Carrick Civic Society.

John Kennedy Melling, FCA, FRSA, is to speak on ‘The Romance of the Guilds – Yesterday and Today’ on Wednesday 6 April, at 7.30 pm.

John Melling is author of Discovering London Guilds and Liveries, Scaling the High C’s, Discovering Theatre Ephemera and Murder Done to Death. He has written plays and film scripts, was for more than 30 years a drama critic for The Stage and is a broadcaster and polymath. He is a former Master of the Poulters’ Company, as was his father before him. He describes himself as a polymath and dilettante extraordinaire.

Advance purchase tickets @ £5 are available from Kyle and Carrick Civic Society, 1 Barns Terrace, AYR, KA7 2DB (Tel: 01292 619800).

Attached: Photos of John Kennedy Melling, FCA, FRSA.

About Ayr 800

In 2005 the historic town of Ayr in Scotland marks the 800th anniversary of King William the Lion of Scotland signing a Charter in 1205 proclaiming Ayr to be a Royal Burgh.

Ayr Guildry, an association of local business people which itself dates back to 1325, is currently organising Ayr 800, a 12 month long calendar of events to celebrate the anniversary throughout the year.

Brian Martin of Ayr Guildry said: "It seems fitting and appropriate to celebrate 800 years of Ayr’s history in as many different ways as possible.

"Since the inception of this project, I have been amazed to discover the number and diversity of clubs, associations and groups that flourish in our town. Ayr 800 provides them all with a magnificent opportunity to play a prominent part in our year of celebrations.

"For people and businesses in the hospitality and tourism industry, Ayr 800 offers the chance to attract visitors who might otherwise not have come to our town in 2005.

"And Ayr 800 provides an additional platform for local businesses to promote their products, skills and services to the world."

Brian Martin concluded: "Regular updates to the calendar of events will be posted on the Ayr 800 website at

"All businesses, clubs, societies and individuals who would still like to take part in this great celebration of our town’s history will be most welcome, and should get in touch with us as soon as possible."

Brian Martin, Ayr Guildry. Telephone: +44 (0)1292 442103.
John Hay, Clerk to Ayr Guildry. Telephone: +44 (0)1292 264091.


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