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Burns celebrations at Southerndown

7th February 2007

Staff and residents at Barchester's Southerndown care home in Oxfordshire came together on Burns night last month to celebrate the life of Scotland's national poet.

January 25th marks the birthday of Robert Burns, the 18th century lyricist and is marked with a special supper.

Staff and residents tucked in to a traditional meal of haggis, meat, tatties and neeps and roast beef, which was arranged jointly between the activities team and the chef.

The meal was washed down with "plenty of whiskey", said Southerndown's manager Shirley Archer and followed with cranikin, a traditional Scottish whiskey-based raspberry desert served with lashings of whipped cream.

Scottish resident John Gill [pictured] wore a kilt and raised a toast.

"It was lovely because we had Scottish music playing and the table was laid nicely with Scottish tablecloths," Ms Archer added.

"I sat down with the training manager and had a good chinwag about Scotland".