TAKE PART IN A BURNS NIGHT SUP­PER

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No Scot will need re­mind­ing of this in­te­gral na­tional cel­e­bra­tion, but south of the bor­der many aren’t so fa­mil­iar with Burns Night or, in­deed, Robert Burns him­self – the 18th-cen­tury Scot­tish poet whose birth­day is still cel­e­brated each year on 25 Jan­uary. Tra­di­tion calls for a sup­per, fol­lowed by po­etry read­ings, danc­ing and bag­pipes (if none are avail­able, Celtic mu­sic will do). The en­su­ing evening should in­clude the Selkirk Grace prayer and an ad­dress to the hag­gis, dur­ing which an hon­oured guest will raise it in tri­umph while de­liv­er­ing the line ‘Gie her a hag­gis!’ to rap­tur­ous ap­plause. This is fol­lowed, of course, by a rous­ing group ren­di­tion of Auld Lang Syne.

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