Ayr's popular Burnsfest music festival cancelled
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.