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Burns Night   

Burns Night is normally celebrated on Burns' birthday, 25th January, with Burns suppers around the world, and is more widely observed in Scotland than the official national day, St. Andrew's Day. The first Burns supper in The Mother Club in Greenock was held on what was thought to be his birthday on 29 January 1802; in 1803 it was discovered from the Ayr parish records that the correct date was 25 January 1759.

The format of Burns suppers has changed little since. The basic format starts with a general welcome and announcements, followed with the Selkirk Grace. After the grace comes the piping and cutting of the haggis, when Burns' famous "Address to a Haggis" is read and the haggis is cut open. The event usually allows for people to start eating just after the haggis is presented. At the end of the meal, a series of toasts, often including a 'Toast to the Lassies', and replies are made. This is when the toast to "the immortal memory", an overview of Burns's life and work, is given. The event usually concludes with the singing of "Auld Lang Syne".

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Burns Supper 2024

Our Burns Supper held at the Station Hotel was an outstanding success. All tickets were sold and we had a wonderful evening of excellent food, liquid refreshment, quality contributions, song and hilarity just as Burns would have liked. Here are a few pictures. If you missed it, join us next year!

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Burns Supper 2020

Photos from our Burns Supper 2020.  Click a photo and scroll right or left to see all pictures. 

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