Great chieftain o' the puddin' race celebrated

22 January 2014

Piper at the Alan Shearer Centre

Glasses were raised, a piper played and poetry was recited at the Alan Shearer Centre this week in celebration of the Scottish writer, Robbie Burns.

Centre members tucked into the traditional fare of haggis, neeps and tatties at lunchtime on Wednesday after tartan-clad piper, Ian Nelson, played the bagpipes and Activities Co-ordinator, Karen Morgan, and Recreation Assistant, Christine Dixon, made the customary address to the haggis.

In our recent Live and Learn sessions members have been producing Robbie Burns-inspired artwork and during the morning's cookery session had baked shortbread. Centre residents and visitors turned out for the festivities to hear the bagpipes and some poetry readings.

Debra Smith won the raffle for another iconic Scottish product - a bottle of whisky.

Next week the Live and Learn activities will turn oriental as we prepare to celebrate the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Horse. There will be a Chinese buffet and activities on Wednesday 29 January from noon until 2pm. Contact the Alan Shearer Centre on 0191 267 8118 for more details and to book your ticket for £3.50.