O What a glorious sight! Warm-reekin, rich!

26 January 2016

Ian Nelson pipes in the haggis carried by Heather McLaren

It's that time again! The one day of the year when the Sassenachs (that's the name the Scots give to Englishmen!) will eat haggis.

The Alan Shearer Centre celebrated Burns Day in the time honoured way, with haggis, neeps and tatties - and of course a piper to lead the haggis into Browne's Café, while everyone clapped in time to the tunes.

Recreation Assistants, Heather McLaren and Jan Rootham joined piper, Ian Nelson in the procession before Jan read Burns' “Address to the Haggis” (in her best Scots accent) and plunged a knife into it to begin the meal.

It was piper, Ian Nelson's, second visit to the Centre to lead the proceedings. He offered his services free of charge, fitting it into a busy schedule of 14 Burns events and a flight to Portugal to play at a wedding!

Everyone had a great time at the Centre celebrations and would like to pass on their grateful thanks to Ian.