Haggis Stars at Burns’ Celebration

Residents and their visitors gathered for a traditional Burns Night supper on 25th January to celebrate the life and works of Scotland’s famous bard.

Guests arrived to the sounds of bagpipe music before they sat down to dine. In keeping with tradition, The Selkirk Grace, a short prayer was recited. Contrary to popular belief, this was not written by Robert Burns, although it is often attributed to him.

Next came the centrepiece of the evening, the piping in of the haggis. The formal address to the haggis – ‘Great chieftain o the puddin’-race’ – was given by Davey English, who, despite his surname, is a bona fide Scot. The words to this poem were written by Burns in 1786 and have been repeated at Burns Suppers ever since.

After the theatrical cutting of the haggis with a ceremonial knife, it was time to eat. Courses were suitably interrupted by a toast to the ‘Lassies’ and later, a toast to the ‘Laddies’, followed by a reading of the Bard’s ‘A Red, Red Rose’.

Dessert came next before the official closing rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne,’ also penned by Burns.

Everyone headed off to bed, happy and suitably fortified by haggis, neeps, tatties and several ‘wee drams’.