Brookside celebrate Burns Night every year, with Bob the Bagpiper, a traditional haggis supper and of course the obligatory ‘wee dram’ for those that indulge.

For the last few years we have also enjoyed a demonstration of Scottish country dancing performed by a local school with children aged between seven and fourteen years old.

Everyone enjoys the evening and this year did not disappoint with many agreeing that this was the best so far. The feedback we have had has all been very positive.

Not only does Bob look impressive in his full regalia, he pipes in the haggis and gives the address before plunging his knife into the Scottish delicacy before serving.  His assistant for the evening is always Sonia from Brookside’s kitchen as she accompanies him around the room with the haggis.

Our Chef Matt and the rest of the kitchen team were able to enjoy the spectacle this year, seeing the whole performance.

Once the address is complete the race is on to get everyone’s meals to them piping hot, meanwhile Bob continues to entertain, firstly with a few more tunes on the bagpipes and later, after changing into something more comfortable, some more songs that were real favourites. He is an extremely talented man.  After supper the room was filled with everyone dancing, the atmosphere buzzing. We had some very tired residents the next day, but all agreed that they had a fabulous night.  We can’t wait until next year.