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Russian students visit Camperdown’s Burns statue (статья с австралийского сайта)
Posted by Glen Bernoth on March 10, 2011 at 4:00pm
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Camperdown’s internationally significant statue of Scottish bard Robert Burns played host to some special guests from Russia on Thursday 10 March. Nine students (aged 13-16), three teachers and two parents from School 606 Pushkin in St Petersburg travelled to Camperdown to see the statue – the oldest surviving statue of Burns in the world. The students are currently visiting Princes Hill Secondary College in North Carlton and are self confessed Robert Burns fanatics. They were joined by seven members of the Robert Burns Club of Melbourne, which funded a bus to bring the students to Camperdown for the day. Among the club members travelling with the students was the club’s patron George McNaughton. The president of the Robert Burns Club of Bendigo also attended with his wife. School 606 Pushkin has a close connection with Burns, whose work is entrenched in their curriculum. Their visit culminated with a gathering at the Council’s Civic Centre where the statue is temporarily on display awaiting restoration. The students performed several recitations of Burns’ work for the public gathering. Dr John Menzies of Camperdown was on hand to play the bagpipes, chief executive officer Andrew Mason officially welcomed the group and passionate researcher and Burns historian Gordon Ashley provided an overview of the statue’s significance.