Glasgow given Burns statue from Sri Lanka

MSP Bob Doris admires the Burns bust with newcomers to the city at Royston Library.
MSP Bob Doris admires the Burns bust with newcomers to the city at Royston Library.

The community spirit between migrants and the people of Springburn was on show during recent Rabbie Burns celebrations.

A special viewing took place at Royston Library of a Sri Lankan bust of the bard, gifted by charity Glasgow 
Integrated Community Empowerment (GICE) on behalf of the newcomers.

GICE works to improve the standard of living for new migrants in the city.

Glasgow MSP Bob Doris organised the event to coincide with Burns day.

The father of GICE chairman David Nallaratnam, a Sri Lankan sculptor living in India, created the bust in his studio and it was delivered in time for Burns Day.

The charity covered the cost of the materials and the transportation to Glasgow.

Glasgow MSP Bob Doris said: “Often we see negative images of migrants reported. However, the vast majority of new Scots are a great boon for Glasgow and for our nation.

“This gift by GICE is representative of that. They have done excellent work in promoting diversity and integration in Glasgow, and this is a really generous gesture by them.”

David Nallaratnam added: “When we were deciding how to show our appreciation for the welcome Sri Lankans like me, and other immigrants, have received here, we were clear we wanted something to reflect the cultural life of our new home. Given my father’s profession, a sculpture seemed a good choice and given our status as new Scots, 
it seemed appropriate it should be of the national bard.

“Since I arrived here a few years back, my experience has been that Glasgow is highly committed to its new Scots. I hope this gift shows how committed we are to Glasgow.”