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Family Burns Brunch

Mon, 23rd Jan 2023

It’s Burns Season, the time of year where communities and clubs all over the world celebrate the birthday of the famous poet Robert Burns. It’s Scottish tradition to hold an event known as a “Burns Supper“, which usually consists of:

Piping in the guests, The Selkirk Grace, Piping in the Haggis, Address to the Haggis, Toast to the Haggis, Food, Drink, Immortal Memory, Toast to the Lassies, Auld Lang Syne and plenty of entertainment in between.

Ellisland’s Version: Family Burns Brunch

At Ellisland we decided to do an abridged version of this tradition, to make it more appealing to children. So the “Family Burns Brunch” began! Following the traditional running order, the afternoon started with Gregor Grierson piping as people arrived. The Selkirk Grace was performed by Joan McAlpine, Business Development Manager. Shelley and Shane Clark performed a few songs to start off the afternoon. Next, the Haggis had its moment with piping in by Gregor Grierson, Address to the Haggis performed by Keegan Shaw followed by the toast. After the Haggis was appropriately appreciated, it was served up to the hungry guests.

Keegan Shaw performing Address Tae A Haggis by Robert Burns

The meal was devoured and entertainment came next with our usual spotlight on young performers and our special guests Shelley and Shane Clark. Gregor played a selection of songs on his pipes and Rose Byers sang some songs whilst throwing some fiddle into the mix. The performers were, as always, a very high standard and thoroughly applauded.

Gregor Grierson performing a song on the bagpipes at the Burns Brunch

During a comfort break, the raffle began and plenty of prizes were won. This helped us raise an additional £100! Shelley and Shane Clark took to the stage once again to round up the afternoon. Finally, Auld Lang Syne was performed and everyone joined in.

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Thank you to The Holywood Trust, ANCBC and Museums Galleries Scotland for their support.

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