Poetry, song and a feast of haggis as Lochaber celebrates Robert Burns
BURNS suppers have taken place across Lochaber to celebrate Scottish poet Robert Burns.
Lundavra Primary School teacher Alison Stephen said: ‘P7 hosted a Burns Supper and invited parents and friends. The children sang, recited poetry and provided the audience with haggis, neeps, shortbread and tablet. Jim Sutherland, Lochaber High School’s head teacher, was the guest speaker and surprised everyone when he recited Holy Willie’s Prayer in his nightcap and goonie.’
Moss Park care home manager Libby McKee said: ‘The residents thoroughly enjoyed their Burns Supper. Thanks to everyone who attended.’
P2/3 teacher at Caol, Mrs Lamont, said: ‘As part of our topic on Scotland, P2/3 invited their parents in to celebrate Burns in class. The children performed Scots songs and poems and the
Selkirk Grace. We prepared haggis balls, scones and cranachan in class and parents provided Scottish food too, including a whole hot smoked salmon.’
At St Columba’s Nursery the haggis was addressed by John Hynd. Everyone then enjoyed haggis, neeps and tatties. The entertainment continued with Burns’ poetry read by a group of primary six pupils and Highland dancing by Faye MacKinnon.
At the end everyone joined in a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne.
Head teacher Violet Smith said: ‘An excellent morning of entertainment was enjoyed by everyone.’
A Burns supper and ceilidh was held at the Ariundle Centre, Strontian, on Saturday January 28. Left to right: Chris Ogilvie, who piped in the haggis; Pat Adams who organised the event, and Rev Donald McCorkindale, minister of the linked parishes of Strontian, Ardgour, Lochaline and Kingairloch, who addressed the haggis. Pat’s husband, Alec, recited the Selkirk Grace. A total of £750 was raised for local Macmillan nurses.
Moss Park Nursing Home residents enjoyed their Burns Supper. Manager Libby McKee said: ‘Allan MacDonald was absolutely phenomenal and the residents thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were requesting to be in the photos. Thanks to everyone who took part.’ Father Roddy McAuley of nearby St John’s Church piped in the haggis, which was addressed by Belford Hospital consultant Allan MacDonald, while Larry Burns played the accordion along with his granddaughter. Nevis Bakery provided haggis, neep and tattie pies, made with potatoes and turnips donated by JM Breckenridge suppliers.
Caidan Cameron from St Columba’s Nursery investigates the haggis during the group’s Burns Supper.
The Lochaber Burns Club supper took place at the Alexandra Hotel, Fort William, last Friday.
Youngsters enjoy a wee nip of apple juice at the Lundavra Primary School and nursery Burns Supper.
A fantastic night was organised by St Munda’s Church of Scotland and members of the Ballachulish community to honour ‘Scotland’s National Bard’. Left to right: Bill Srachan, Graham Robertson and piper Neil Slinger.
Left: Caol Primary School’s primary 2/3 pupils all smiles at their Burns celebration.
At St Bride’s Primary School, Campbell Mackintosh addressed the haggis which was held by Magaidh Ward and piped in by John MacCallum.
Left to right: piper Finlay Cameron with Glengarry Community Hall association members Neil Stewart, Mairi Gold MacLennan, Peter Walker, James Menzies,Isobell Henderson, Colin Sage and Catriona Menzies at their Burns Supper.
There was tartan as far as the eye could see at the Banavie Primary School Burns Supper.
Alasdair Roberts recites the Immortal Memory during the Mallaig High School Burns Supper.
Left: Braving high winds, snow and cold to stage Scotland’s highest Burns’ Supper, 10-yearold Daniel Parfitt addressed the haggis which was cooked by Nevis Range chef Will MacDonald and piped in by Ben Fulford, 15.