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Burns Night

The Scottish poet, Robert Burns, was born on January 25, 1759 in Alloway, Ayrshire. The day of his birth is celebrated on 25 January throughout the world as Burns Night, with Burns Suppers, poems and songs.

Burton Bank saw Burns Night being celebrated in style. Mr Barron and Mr Watterson arrived donned in tartan kilts and delivered both an informative and entertaining evening which was enjoyed by all. Mr Watterson gave a brief History of the kilt and the famous Robert Burns. He then recited, from memory, the words to the poem ‘To a mouse, on turning up in her nest with a plough’, something that he was urged to do by his former teacher, Mrs Gribben of St Aloysius Primary school in Glasgow – you never forget your teachers, and certainly not the scary ones! Mr Barron followed with ‘An address to a Haggis’ reciting the verse below as he thrust his knife into a beautifully prepared Haggis for all to taste, not forgetting the neeps and tatties to accompany it.

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An cut you up wi ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin, rich!