St Andrew's celebrates Burns Night

Date published: 25 January 2020

Nearly 100 people attended the annual Burns Night celebration at St Andrew's Church, Dearnley, on Friday 17 January, commemorating the life of the Scottish poet Robert Burns and his work.

Trevor Armistead piped in the haggis and president of the Rochdale Scottish Society, Ray Milligan, resplendent in his kilt, was MC.

John Paterson, himself born close to Burns’ birthplace in Ayrshire, proposed a toast to ‘The Immortal Memory’ (the main tribute speech to Burns), while Peter Shrigley toasted ‘The Lassies’ and Sheila Moore responded with ‘Reply to the Toast to the Lassies’.


Trevor Armistead piped in the haggis
Trevor Armistead piped in the haggis


Burns Night is annually celebrated throughout the world on or around 25 January, the anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth.

The first Burns supper was held in July 1801 when nine of Burns’ close friends got together to mark the fifth anniversary of their friend’s death, and decided to continue the following year.

Continuing to this day, Burns suppers are celebrated with traditional dishes of haggis and whisky and recitals of his best-loved work.

Burns’ best-known work is Auld Lang Syne.

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