Po­etry, song and a feast of hag­gis as Lochaber cel­e­brates Robert Burns

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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.

Pho­to­graph Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

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.

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

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.

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