The annual celebration of Burns Night was held in the Dining Hall on Friday 27 January. The Dining Hall was bedecked with Tartan, thistles and candlelight. Guests arrived to the sounds of bagpipes played with aplomb by Bertie Beor-Roberts setting the scene for a very Scottish Evening.
After a wee beverage the guests were requested to take their seats to participate in a quick game of ‘heads and tails’ with a bottle of champagne to the lucky winner. Our thanks go to Sarah Atkins for the kind donation of the champagne. Louise Wightman followed swiftly on with the Selkirk Grace with the piper leading the haggis in, dutifully carried by Mr Cavus. Mr Fraser Logue addressed the haggis with an adept rendition of Burns’ poem and the theatrical cutting with a ceremonial knife.
The Catering Department excelled in their delivery of a fine meal including the obligatory ‘haggis, neeps and tatties’ accompanied by a shot of whisky and a clever take on Cranachan, the typical pudding of raspberries and cream.
After dinner Mr Callum Knox toasted the lassies with a witty, yet informative speech about Robert Burns himself. Mrs Adi Hughes then gave her reply on behalf of the lassies before the welcome return of ‘Ceilidh Generation’ picked up their fiddles and led us in an array of Scottish Country dances.
This year, the number of people attending this entertaining event were lower than hoped for, but despite this, the atmosphere was intimate and there was plenty of room for our interpretations of the dances. A wonderful evening and one not to be missed next time.
As ever, the CPA would like to thank the Box Office, the Maintenance Team, the Catering Team and the Foundation Office for all their help in the smooth running of this event.