Burns is honoured by county Scots

KETTERING. HAGGIS'Committee members of the Kettering & District Caledonian Society attend the their 79th Burns celebration dinner.
KETTERING. HAGGIS'Committee members of the Kettering & District Caledonian Society attend the their 79th Burns celebration dinner.

The county’s Scots will be raising a wee dram to the memory of Robert Burns.

Burns Night officially takes place today on the birthday of the 18th century poet but some of Northamptonshire’s Scottish population have already started celebrating.

Kettering and District Caledonian Society marked the birth of their national poet on Saturday with the group’s 79th celebration feast, which took place at Kettering Conference Centre.

Secretary Alex Elmore said: “We had 87 members and guests in attendance. It’s a great time for food lovers and those who enjoy a good time.

“It was a traditional Burns supper and a little bit of whisky was flowing.”

The Earl of Dalkeith pub in Dalkeith Place, Kettering, has been allowing drinkers to celebrate by offering special Burns Night deals this week.

And the Lilacs Inn in Isham was the venue for the village’s traditional celebration last night.

During the ceremonies a haggis is usually piped in by a bagpiper, before being addressed. Lines of Burns’ poetry are read before toasts to him and a “toast to the lassies”.

Corby, the county town renowned for its Scottish heritage, is gearing up to mark the occasion.

Bradbury’s Family Butchers in Corporation Street has stocked up on haggis, Scottish black pudding, mealie pudding and clootie dumpling.

At the town’s Asda in Phoenix Parkway supermarket a piper will be addressing the haggis at 5.30pm today.

The mayor, Gail McDade, will be raising money for charity with a supper on Friday, February 3, at the Grampian Club, in Patrick Road. It will be followed by entertainment from a Scottish piper and highland dancers.

Tickets cost £15 and are available from the club and Corby Cube’s reception.