Happy birthday, Robbie Burns

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Haggis, neeps and tatties were all on offer at the annual St Andrews Scottish Society’s Southland Burns Night dinner at the Southland Masonic Centre last Saturday.

About 60 people attended the event which is held to celebrate the birthday of 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns, or Rabbie Burns.

The night followed tradition and included the address to the haggis and toasts after the piping in of the haggis and more. Mac Mackay performed the address before handing whisky to fellow haggis party members in front of Scotland’s national flower, the thistle.

St Andrews Scottish Society secretary/treasurer Kathy Richardson said the event went well.

“It was a lot of fun… it’s rewarding when people say they are already looking forward to next year.” She said she found the community inclusive, and encouraged people of all ages to head along to events and get involved.

“It’s about connecting and meeting new people and knowing that it’s the Scottish heritage we are keeping going.”

Photo: Laura Smith

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