Irvine Harbourside Heritage is managed by Irvine Burns Club in partnership with North Ayrshire Council, Irvine Bay Regeneration, The Scottish Maritime Museum and several other local bodies. The project is about re-discovering and promoting the vibrant history and heritage of what was once Scotland's third ranked port and celebrating it with the local community of all ages.
By focussing on the story of the once bustling and busy port, and making it come alive again in a variety of ways, Irvine Harbourside can also become a cultural tourism destination attracting visitors to its pubs and restaurants, shops, cafes, museums, arts centre and galleries.
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The connection between Irvine Burns Club and the Harbourside is the friendship which Robert Burns, aged 22, struck up with sea-captain Richard Brown, described on BBC Radio in January 2013 by
Gillian Sharpe, BBC Radio 4
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But while Burns arrived in the town with flax on his mind, by the time he left, fate and friendship had taken him in a another direction. "Here we've got two young men, who meet in Irvine and both their lives change from that moment," says Bill Nolan, a director at the Irvine Burns Club, speaking about the friendship between Robert Burns and an Irvine sea captain a few years older than him, Richard Brown. One goes on to become an international figure, the other becomes a very successful merchant sailor. Everybody's heard of one, but nobody's heard of the other guy who pushed him to go down that route and encouraged him."