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Burns Night celebration held at The Cross Keys in King’s Cliffe

Scottish fare, bagpipes and renditions of poetry brought a community together while raising money for a good cause.

A Burns Night dinner was held at The Cross Keys in King’s Cliffe on Saturday (January 27) to celebrate the birthday of 18th century Scottish poet Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns.

Twenty people, most dressed in kilts, sat down to enjoy the traditional meal of haggis, neeps and tatties and cranachan.

John McAughtrie ‘addressed the haggis’ and Malcolm Beaton recited The Selkirk Grace, with local bagpipe player Kevin Trevor piping in the food as per tradition.

The event raised about £100 for the King’s Cliffe Underground, a community group for children.

Mark Baillie, organiser, said: “Burns Night is an event we look forward to each new year.

Bagpipe player Kevin Trevor
Bagpipe player Kevin Trevor

“It started with a handful of us all of Scottish origins but has grown into a popular evening which brings people together and has helped us to make new friends.

“The atmosphere was brilliant and we are already looking forward to next year.”

The room was decorated for the occasion
The room was decorated for the occasion

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