23 March 2017
Forget Pokemon Go – the Bard’s birthday has sparked a whole new craze in Dumfries.
Sixteen shops in the town have hidden “cheeky haggis” characters in their shop windows.
And just one of them holds the key to the disappearance of a ukulele from the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’s dressing room.
CCTV footage shows a haggis is behind the crime but it’s up to residents to find out which one and where he is hiding.
The free Big Burns Supper Haggis Hunt is the brainchild of 17-year-old Megan Milligan of Dumfries High School.
An associate artist for the Electric Theatre Workshop, Megan created all the “native” haggis and one “foreigner” herself and persuaded the shopkeepers to join in the fun.
And there has been no problem in getting Doonhamers and visitors to download a haggis hunt clue list from the BBS website this week. There are directions, clues, activities and tasks.
Megan said: “It is brilliant to see so many people joining in the haggis hunt. It is much more physical and local to Burns and Dumfries than Pokemon Go!
“We are asking people to take pictures of themselves as they take on the challenge, which they can send to the haggis hunt or BBS Facebook pages, and make a note of how long it has taken them. We want to see who is the fastest.”
The haggis hunt runs all this week and over the weekend.