Toast to Scotland’s favourite son

Attendees at a previous Robert Burns Supper at the Invercargill Scottish Hall.

SONNETS by Scottish bard Robbie Burns will echo from the walls of the Invercargill Scottish Hall on January 22 as part of the celebrations of the Celtic poet’s life.

Scottish descendants worldwide now remember the man, who become known as Scotland’s favourite son, with the annual Robert Burns Supper celebrations.

In accordance with the ages-old celebration, bagpipes would resonate through the hall as the official part of the evening begins.

After the official welcome, guests would stand for the piping-in of the haggis, where bagpipes will usher in its entrance, to be followed by the Burns ode Address to a Haggis and toasts aplenty to lead off the evening.

The Selkirk Grace, also known as Burns’ Grace at Kirkcudbright would usher in the meal.

The evening’s guest speaker, Space Ops New Zealand chief executive officer Robin McNeill, will speak about the Awarua Space Ops base.

Burns Day is traditionally celebrated on his January 25 birthday. The poet was born in Alloway Scotland in 1759 and lived until July 1796.

At his death, the 37-year-old Scottish cultural icon left behind a rich heritage of sonnets, lyrics and works which addressed many political and civil issues of his time.

The traditional New Year’s Eve song Auld Land Syne would possibly be the best known piece of work from his extensive collection.

He was buried with full civil and military honours on the same day his son Maxwell was born.

His published literary works helped to support his widow and son.

Ticket sales are limited to 99 people due to Covid-19 gathering restrictions. Door sales were not available. My Vaccine Passports will need to be shown as Covid-19 traffic light protocols would apply.

  • Tickets are $35 per person, available by phoning Kathy Richardson on 03 216 9538 or 020 4105 1002.