Wee welcome Burns Night

The Highlander Bar hosted a Burn's Night Supper complete with a piper and a recital of Burn's poems. 120433
The Highlander Bar hosted a Burn's Night Supper complete with a piper and a recital of Burn's poems. 120433

REVELLERS in Scarborough entered into the Scottish spirit, enjoying haggis, neeps, tatties and a wee dram as part of the Burns Night festivities.

The Highlander Hotel in Esplanade lived up to its Scottish name and held its first ever traditional Burns Night Supper complete with piper and a recital of Burns’ poems.

The Highlander Bar hosted a Burn's Night Supper complete with a piper and a recital of Burn's poems. 120433  Picture Dave Kettlewell.'25/01/2012

The Highlander Bar hosted a Burn's Night Supper complete with a piper and a recital of Burn's poems. 120433 Picture Dave Kettlewell.'25/01/2012

The Highlander barmaid Katie Smart said: “The response from people is that it was a fantastic night which exceeded their expectations.

“We sold about 80 tickets and had haggis and whisky and Scottish music in the background.

“A Scottish man who has been coming here for 20 years said he couldn’t believe we hadn’t done it before but that it was absolutely amazing.

“It was a brilliant atmosphere all round.”

At the Santralla retirement home in The Crescent, staff and residents donned the tartan for what was also their first celebration in honour of the life and poetry of Robert Burns, who died in 1796 and is regarded as Scotland’s national poet.

Led by a couple of the Scottish staff members and residents, everyone at the retirement home was keen to get into the swing of things.

Manager Alison Hewitt said: “It was a really good night, everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.

“The evening was a success, from addressing the haggis, Scottish dancing and readings from Rabbie Burns’ poetry as well as enjoying a glass of proper Rabbie Burns blonde beer and whisky.

“It’s the first time we’ve celebrated Burns Night, but we’ll definitely do it again.”