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Port Williams celebrates 42nd annual Burns Night dinner, dance

Piper Sandy MacMillan, haggis bearer June Jain and Rob Raeside, who recited the Address to the Haggis, were among a sold out crowd at the 42nd annual Port Williams Burns Night celebration.
Piper Sandy MacMillan, haggis bearer June Jain and Rob Raeside, who recited the Address to the Haggis, were among a sold out crowd at the 42nd annual Port Williams Burns Night celebration.

PORT WILLIAMS - The memory of Robbie Burns is alive and well in Port Williams.

The Valley Scottish Country Dancers hosted a sold-out Burns Night celebration in the Port Williams Community Centre Jan. 21.


“Robert Burns has been a poet that has survived the centuries. He is still recognized as being a very gifted poet and his poems have been translated in many languages and recognized around the world as being the voice of the common man,” said Rob Raeside, who helped organized the 42nd annual Port Williams Burns Night celebration.

“His poems strike the hearts of the people.”

The yearly tradition in Port Williams includes a dinner with haggis, speeches, socializing and dancing.

Raeside said the popularity of the iconic poet from Scotland consistently draws a crowd, especially when it is paired with “the good food, the good company and the good music.”

“I always look forward to the address to the immortal memory. That’s usually something that’s put together with a lot of thought and care,” shared Raeside.

Burns Night in Port Williams is an intergenerational event where people of all ages are welcome on the dance floor.

“We’ll have people there who will be dancing from age two to age 95 – all generations are there.”

 

Did you know?

Robert, AKA Robbie, Burns was a renowned poet from Scotland. He lived from Jan. 25, 1759 to July 21, 1796. His work, however, lives on and is still celebrated at Burns Night events throughout the globe.

The Valley Scottish Country Dancers hosted a sold-out Burns Night celebration in the Port Williams Community Centre Jan. 21.


“Robert Burns has been a poet that has survived the centuries. He is still recognized as being a very gifted poet and his poems have been translated in many languages and recognized around the world as being the voice of the common man,” said Rob Raeside, who helped organized the 42nd annual Port Williams Burns Night celebration.

“His poems strike the hearts of the people.”

The yearly tradition in Port Williams includes a dinner with haggis, speeches, socializing and dancing.

Raeside said the popularity of the iconic poet from Scotland consistently draws a crowd, especially when it is paired with “the good food, the good company and the good music.”

“I always look forward to the address to the immortal memory. That’s usually something that’s put together with a lot of thought and care,” shared Raeside.

Burns Night in Port Williams is an intergenerational event where people of all ages are welcome on the dance floor.

“We’ll have people there who will be dancing from age two to age 95 – all generations are there.”

 

Did you know?

Robert, AKA Robbie, Burns was a renowned poet from Scotland. He lived from Jan. 25, 1759 to July 21, 1796. His work, however, lives on and is still celebrated at Burns Night events throughout the globe.

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