A village toast to Caledonia

Suzanne and Mike Gaffaney

Tartan was clearly the fashion statement of the night as villagers packed into the Reading Room for its Caledonian Night on Saturday.

While there were no kilts or sporrans there were plenty of colourful sashes, shawls and shirts as well as decorative tartan table runners to bring the Highlands to Burgh Reading Room.

Organised by Suzanne — a former paramedic in the RAF stationed in Aberdeen and Edinburgh — and Mike Gaffaney, the evening attracted 34 guests who enjoyed a welcoming dram or glass of fizz before sitting down to the traditional haggis, tatties, and neeps. And although not the formal Burns supper which has strict procedures including piping in and toasting the haggis, traditional Scottish music was played to liven up the evening.

Richard Roberts

And it was a truly village project. Suzanne and Mike cooked the 12 haggis, Bill and Yvonne Stewart prepared a dozen neeps and the tatties were a village team effort.

Dessert was a purely lassies affair – thanks to Rosemary Topping, Chris Roberts, Judith Holloway, Dorothy Clarke and Suzanne’s mum. Their delicious “Tipsy” trifle was followed by cheese and biscuits, all washed down with the “water of life” (uisge beatha), Scotch whisky.

Reading Room Social Club chairman, Richard Roberts thanked all who helped. “It was a job trying to co-ordinate the recipes considering the number of people involved,” he said.

As a Scot and a haggis lover, Bill Stewart was delighted by the Caledonian night’s banquet. “The tables looked wonderful complete with their tartan runners – a fitting tribute to Rabbie Burns. Maybe the haggis could have been a little more peppery but what a wonderful spread. Whisky, good food and splendid company. what more could an exiled Scot want?” he said.

Among the guests were Adrian and Wilhulmina Ball who only moved to Burgh three weeks earlier.
Welcome Adrian and Wilhulmina

Patrick Prekopp – 26 January 2019

One Comment on “A village toast to Caledonia”

  1. Thank you,Suzanne , Mike and team, such generous portions, hope we have not eaten the poor wee beastie into extinction. Great night.

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