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1st February 2022

Seventh Formers celebrate Burns Night

Oakham School’s Burns Night celebrations saw Seventh Formers enjoying an entertaining night of Scottish dancing and eating to honour the country’s famous poet.

Form 7 pupil Alex tells us more:-

“The evening started with a traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’, and this year, Housemaster Colonel Taylor had the honour of performing the poem. Surprisingly, he had an excellent accent, and the address felt very natural. The evening was good, and a few of my friends wore trews and a kilt adding to the authenticity. We had haggis, neeps and tatties with a little shot of “whiskey”, which was really apple juice, followed by a roast beef dinner with plenty of gravy. And to end the feasting, a pot of Cranachan.  After all bellies were filled, the Ceilidh band played many traditional songs, such as The Gay Gordons and The Dashing White Sergeant, to name a couple. Almost everyone got involved and had a great time. I saw people dancing who I’d never expected to see, highlighting that it truly was a thoroughly enjoyable night.”

This event, which celebrates the life and poetry of Robert Burns, an 18th Century Scottish poet, is always a highlight in January for Upper School pupils at Oakham School and is a great way to explore Scottish traditions and culture. A huge thank you to our superb catering team and everyone who helped make it a memorable event.

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