The haggis was addressed with full fanfare and viciousness before guests we invited to serve themselves at the buffet table at the Travelodge on Friday evening.
Robert Burns was a complex man and the evening of his commemoration reflects that with humour and joking intermixed with a serious somberness as celebrants recall the poet who has left such a mark on Scottish culture around the world.
The man was many things, according to history. He was a poor, malnourished farmer, a poet and a lover. He is widely considered to have been a rake and a womanizer but is lesser known for his works of poetry that championed the rights of women, said Rodney Thomson, key-note speaker at this year’s Robert Burns’ Supper. Thomson spoke about that often overlooked aspect of the legendary Burns.
After supper the Prince Albert Highlanders piped and drummed half a dozen songs before the dancers leaped on stage, while viewers imbibed plenty of wine and 12-year-old Glenfiddich.