More than 200 years of remembering Robbie Burns

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Keely Dakin
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Friday night was the 212th annual Robert Burns’ Supper, where Caledonians gather as kin to celebrate the life and legend of Scotland’s Favourite Son.

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.

 

Organizations: Travelodge

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