Burns Night Celebrations at Sunley Court

31st January, 2012

Sunley Court residents have enjoyed an evening of traditional Scottish entertainment to celebrate Burns Night.

Residents enjoyed a good Scottish meal.

Around 30 residents at the Kettering retirement scheme came along to the event, where they ate Scottish foods including haggis and shortbread. Everyone who attended wore tartan, including the staff.

After the meal, the group listened to some bagpipe music and Burns' famous Address to a Haggis.

Resident Janet Jeffs said she had loved the evening, although she admitted that she did not understand all of the address, which was given in the Scots dialect. "I got a bit too close to the haggis during the address," she added. "I don't like haggis, so when it all came out of the top it was a bit urgh. But it's all a bit of fun really!"

Burns Night has been celebrated in Scotland since 1802, to mark the birthday of celebrated Scottish poet Robert Burns. It is often thought of as a second national holiday in Scotland.

Many of the residents at Sunley Court are Scottish, hailing from the Isle of Harris, Motherwell, Dundee, the Isle of Barra and Kilcardy, so the haggis was generally very well-received.

Scheme Manager Jane Brown said she was very proud of all of her residents. "Our residents are great. You wouldn't know it to look at them but most of them are over 90!"

Picture: Residents enjoyed a good Scottish meal.

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