3 February 2023
Miss Clare Brazier, Development Manager
Parents, staff and guests put their best foot forward at a Burns Night celebration on Friday 27 January, complete with a traditional Scottish supper, following in the footsteps of students who had their own ceilidh dancing experience earlier that week.
Arriving in Main House, guests were greeted by evocative bagpipe music, played by the Pipe Sergeant of the City of London Pipe Band. Fr Gerry said the Selkirk Grace before guests enjoyed Cullen skink in the Stephens Room. The haggis was piped in and Dr Whitehead gave the Address to a Haggis, a poem written by Robert Burns in 1786. Whilst cranachan, a traditional Scottish dessert, was served, those taking part in the single malt challenge put their taste buds to the test, and everyone enjoyed listening to parent Kevin Smith sing two rousing Gaelic songs.
The night continued with a traditional ceilidh in the Goddard Room with the fabulous KingsFolk band. Simon, the band’s caller, did a wonderful job of explaining the steps of each Scottish reel, making sure everyone got full enjoyment.
For one fun-filled evening, we felt transported from Surrey to Scotland in honour of ‘Rabbie’ Burns.