Kilmarnock is the home to Johnnie Walker whisky, and is also now home to a number of new service industries, such as the National Australia Bank and Food Partners Kilmarnock Ltd. Morrisons, the supermarket company, opened its first Scottish megastore here early in 2004.
Recently, Kilmarnock was identified as one of the fastest growing areas in the whole of the UK in terms of house prices, a tribute to the work of the last seven years in making the town and its surrounding area attractive to incomers. The M77, completed in April 2005 has placed the constituency firmly on Britain’s motorway network, attracting more business and people into our area.
It is also very close to the fast growing Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, which is rapidly becoming a major freight hub, and a centre for low cost passenger flights. The new rail hub at Mauchline lies within the new expanded constituency, and transport communications are seen as one of the real strengths of the area. The area has a long history of transport innovation with one of the earliest railway lines in the UK being built from Kilmarnock to Troon in the Ayrshire coast, and the famous rail engineering firm, Hunslet Barclay, being based in the town.
Robert Burns’ first collection of poetry was printed in Kilmarnock and is highly prized throughout the world as the Kilmarnock edition. He spent much of his young life near Mauchline, and the World Burns Federation has its headquarters in Kilmarnock.
Sir Alexander Fleming the discoverer of Penicillin was born in Darvel. David Dale, the father in law of Robert Owen, and founder of the famous New Lanark mills was born in Stewarton and a former Governor of Australia, Sir William Fisher, came from Crosshouse. Current literary giants, William and Hugh McIlvanney come from Kilmarnock
Des has been the MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun since 1997, following Willie McKelvie and the former Secretary of State for Scotland, Willie Ross. An Ayrshireman by birth, Des attended St Michael’s Academy, Kilwinning before graduating as a lawyer from Glasgow University. He joined Ross Harper and Murphy in Kilmarnock before leaving to set up his own firm, McCluskey Browne, with well known local solicitor, Ian McCluskey. In 1993, he was called to the Bar, leaving the firm to become one of the most respected child law advocates in Scotland. After being elected to Parliament in 1997, Des made his name with strong speeches particularly on Human Rights, Northern Ireland and Social Security, and was asked by Donald Dewar to become his Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) in 1998. He helped Donald pilot the Scotland Act through Parliament. After service on the Public Administration Select Committee, Northern Ireland Minister, Adam Ingram asked him to become his PPS in 2000. He was then elected to the first Joint Committee on Human Rights as the only Scottish Labour backbencher, a position he held until the election of 2001. Having been returned to Westminster in 2001, Des was asked by the Prime Minister to become the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. He became responsible for a number of issues, including victims and cross border issues. Following the suspension of Stormont, he also took up responsibility for the Health Service, and Social Security. In June 2003, after two years in the Northern Ireland Office, the Prime Minister promoted him to the post of Minister for Work at the Department for Work and Pensions. In this role, he was responsible for Jobcentre Plus, the New Deal and Health and Safety among other issues. However, after only nine months in that post, the Prime Minister called on him to take on the sensitive and key role of Minister for Immigration and Citizenship in the Home Office.
MP delighted by Veterans Extension
1st February 2008
Kilmarnock and Loudoun MP, Des Browne was delighted by the announcement that eligibility to apply for the HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge has been extended to include all those who have served in UK Armed Forces. The local MP is eager for more local veterans to receiver their badges......To read more, click here
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If you decide to spend a few days in Kilmarnock, you will not regret this decision. This town is placed on the main road south from Glasgow and it will not bore you. Kilmarnock remains poised between its industrial past and a bright future. Because most of the tourists will bypass this town, it will be an oasis of peace and relaxation where you will reconnect with Mother Nature. Stroll in one of the calm parks – Kay Park, Dean Park or Howard Park, visit the Laigh Church, which dates back to the 17th century then head to the impressive Dean Castle, which was built in the year 1350.
An excellent display of musical instruments will keep you enticed in Dean Castle. If this is not quite interesting, you will sure love the weapons and armours placed within this building. Take your time discovering the local history, visit the newly restored Burns Monument in Kay Park, then allow yourself some time to visit the Burns Monument Centre. The historic Kilmarnock and Troon Railway are some of the tourist hot spots where you can take a ride on the 11-mile track.
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If you spend your vacation in Kilmarnock accompanied by a sweetie from Escorts, you have to take a horseback riding tour and have some cooking classes. Locals in this town are very friendly with tourists and they can recommend you other interesting activities you can do in this small town. Take some golf courses if you are passionate about it, go in a game and entertainment centre and spend a few hours in one of the clubs if you want to have a few drinks with your companion.
Spend the night in one of the hotels and inns, Foxbar Hotel, Premier Inn Kilmarnock Hotel, The Park Hotel, Travelodge Kilmarnock, Dean Park Guest House or Dallars B&B. If you want to serve a delicious meal, head to restaurants and venues such as The Jefferson Restaurant, Weston Tavern, Varani’s Forum Café and The Longhouse. Because this town is quite small, it will be a relaxing vacation and you will leave from here with your batteries fully charged.
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