It’s not every day a troop of Scottish dancers have a Scottish knees-up at a care home in Wiltshire, but Burns Night is a tradition OSJCT's Brookside home has celebrated for the past five years.
This year was no different and why not when it involves tucking into a hearty feast and enjoying traditional entertainment!
This year, along with the Scottish dancers, residents enjoyed a quick toast to the haggis itself and the three-course dinner, including neeps and tatties
Home Manager, Jamie Cartier, said.“It’s always great to see residents get involved, we’ve invited families and local supermarkets to help celebrate Burns Night as a thank you for their continued support and good will.”
Despite none of Brookside’s current residents being from Scotland, everyone embraces the tradition with open arms.
Resident, Kathleen Charlwick said, “It was lovely everyone coming together and the piper was perfect,”
Shirley Smith, Resident at Brookside said, “Burns night is really special here and the piper comes back each year I have really enjoyed tonight."
Christopher Hellings, Resident at Brookside commented, “The whole evening has been wonderful and the food was delicious.”
Burns night has become a nationwide celebrated event, but is traditionally a Scottish night which celebrates Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burn. This well-loved poet is toasted by the guests with good food, music, poetry recitals and it’s all done with cheer and in the presence of good company (there may even be a wee dram of whiskey involved!).