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Celebrating life of Scotland's national poet

29th January 2007

Residents at a Gloucestershire care home celebrated the life and achievements of Scotland's national poet on Burns night last week.

Burns night is held on January 25th, the birthday of 18th Century lyricist Robert Burns, and is marked with a special supper.

Barchester's Badgeworth Court in the Cotswolds was decorated for the occasion – four dining rooms were decorated with white table cloths which were laid with red and green serviettes, fresh heather and snowdrops.

A Scottish piper made an appearance, travelling through the home to visit residents who were not able to attend the dinner before finishing his performance with entertainment in the main lounge.

Staff and residents joined in with what a Badgeworth spokeswoman described as "their own interpretation of [the traditional Scottish dance] the highland fling".

Activities coordinator Brenda Iles, who dressed up in a tartan skirt, Tam 'O' Shanter and sporran, organised the event with the help the Badgeworth manager, Terri Berry, the physio assistant, and resident Charles Henderson.

Brenda dished out the traditional Burns dish, which included haggis, neeps and carrots, clapshot cakes, whiskey marmalade, bread and butter pudding.

There were also homemade shortbread biscuits which were passed around to finish off the festivities.