It was a memorable morning of Scottish-inspired merriment as residents of Rose Lodge Care home, located on Carers Way in Newton Aycliffe, were joined by families, friends, and dozens of guests from the community as the home hosted a Burns Night coffee morning.
Bagpiper Geoff Richardson, wearing traditional Highland dress, opened proceedings with the ceremonial ‘entrance of the haggis’ – a key part of a traditional Burns Night supper. Rose Lodge Head chef David Nevison brought out a haggis prepared for guests as Mr Richardson recited the Robert Burns poem “Address to a Haggis” before ceremonial cutting the haggis to mark the beginning of the meal.
Guests enjoyed sampling ‘haggis, neeps and tatties’ as well as a selection of shortbread biscuits and cakes while listening to a string of Scottish songs performed on the bagpipes.
The first Burns Night Supper was held in Ayrshire, Scotland on July 21st in the late 1700s by acquaintances of Robert Burns to mark the anniversary of his death. The date was later changed to January 25, which marks his birthday. Burns suppers are now held by people and organizations with Scottish origins worldwide.
Rose Lodge Activities Coordinator Diane Tweddle, who helped to organise the event, said: “It was a wonderful morning. We received some lovely comments from our residents and guests on how much they have enjoyed the day and we were delighted that so many people joined us for our Burns Night celebrations.”