Burns Night at Longcauseway

I have spent many happy holidays all over Scotland; from a very busy Edinburgh to the remoteness of the Isle of Skye, climbing Ben Nevis, watching and playing golf, embarrassing Sally with my country dancing, even meeting Sean Connery and ofcourse enjoying Scottish cuisine and the occasional wee-dram.

However I have never experienced the joys of a Burns Night. So, when David Hartley announced there would be another celebration this year I jumped at the opportunity to attend.

Having just flown back into a snowy Britain from a few days golfing in sunny Spain I donned my finest tartan shirt, chose a bottle of Single Malt and set off for my very first Burns Night.

A most enjoyable evening followed with an excellent meal of Cullen Skink, Haggis with Tatties and Neeps, Cranachan (a dessert of raspberries, toasted oatmeal, honey and cream) and a Scottish Cheese to finish.

Some of our fellow diners had gone to great lengths to dress for the occasion; kilts, tam o’shanters, Jimmy hats and even the odd dirk was spotted!

Gill Beckett gave a very moving rendition of Robbie Burns’ poem-‘Address to the Haggis’ and although I didn’t understand a word I think I got the gist!

To round off the evening Kathleen Shaw tried her best to teach us the joys and steps of Scottish dancing.

Many thanks were given to David Hartley and his very hard working young team of helpers for a wonderful evening. From the proceeds we were able to donate nearly £300 to Commitment for Life and The Methodist Relief and Development Fund. Who said the Yorkshire Scots were mean!

Geoff Speight

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