Watch Sean Connery Sing for Homecoming Scotland on Homecomingscotland2009.com

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Watch Sir Sean Connery and a host of Scottish stars perform a rendition of Caledonia in a new advert especially created to get world-wide support for Homecoming Scotland 2009.

Next year we will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of our national bard, Robert Burns, who himself wrote a song for his native Caledonia. With over 200 events nationwide to mark the occasion this advert will sing to Scots about what we have to celebrate.

Watch Sir Sean Connery and a host of Scottish stars perform a rendition of Caledonia in a new advert especially created to get world-wide support for Homecoming Scotland 2009.

Sean Connery is joined by Lulu, Brian Cox, Sandi Thom, Amy Macdonald and Eddi Reader, as well as sporting stars Sam Torrance and Chris Hoy, plus member of the Scottish rugby team, who add their voices to the campaign.                                                                                                                

Launched today (28 November) by First Minister Alex Salmond, the Homecoming Scotland advert is designed to encourage people living in Scotland to invite friends and family from all over the world to "come home" to enjoy more than 200 celebratory events throughout 2009.

Created by VisitScotland and Event Scotland, the advert was shot in various locations around Scotland including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Orkney and Glencoe and depicts Scottish stars each singing a line from Dougie Maclean's original and moving song Caledonia.

Watch the ad at: http://www.homecomingscotland2009.com/news/caledonia.html.

Homecoming Scotland 2009 is an inspirational celebration of Scottish culture, heritage and some of the many contributions Scotland has given the World.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Caledonia is a song that resonates with Scots the world over. For those far away it is a reminder of strong bonds, full of the promise of return. That is what makes it the perfect anthem for our Year of Homecoming.

"Next year we will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of our national bard, Robert Burns, who himself wrote a song for his native Caledonia. With over 200 events nationwide to mark the occasion this advert will sing to Scots about what we have to celebrate. "

Lulu said: "Scotland lives in my heart no matter where I am. No matter where I travel I always feel at home when I bump into a Scot or meet a lover of Scotland. I hope VisitScotland's Homecoming Scotland ad will encourage them all to join me in returning to one of the many great events that are part of the Homecoming Scotland 2009 programme…' Caledonia you're calling me and now I'm going home!'"

Find more information about Homecoming Scotland news and events at http://www.homecomingscotland2009.com.

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