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Burns Supper and Ceilidh


Stirling School of English celebrated Robert Burns Night at the Albert Halls on the poet’s birthday- 25th January. This time due to the venue renovation we had to limit the number of participants to 60.

The event was partly funded by Victoria League Scotland Trust, administered by Foundation Scotland. 60 people including our students, university students, volunteers and the locals had an opportunity to listen to some Scottish piping by Drew Stoddart as the haggis was brought in, and then addressed by Hugh McCann.

Margaret McCann have the Immortal Memory before all enjoyed haggis, neeps & tatties with trifle for dessert. Between ceilidh dances expertly taught by Margaret McCann, David Faunce-Smith had everyone join in with traditional Scottish songs. We also had dancers from the Royal Scottish Dance Society and Catherine Burns reciting a poem by Burns.

The evening was a fantastic opportunity for everyone to learn about Robert Burns, practise conversational English and learn about other cultures.

Feedback included:

”I would like you to pass on my personal thanks and appreciation to Margaret McCann for all her efforts and also to Catherine who recited “To a Mouse”. She was marvelous. It was really moving and I fully understood it for the first time. For me this was the highlight of the evening” (Joanna),

”thank you so much for this very funny night” (Carolina),

”That night truly made me step out of my comfort zone and connect with others and I will cherish every moment of this memorable occasion” (Riveka).

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