• Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

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Burns Night brings Scotland to Tyneside care home

A TYNESIDE care home was transported to Scotland to celebrate Burns Night.

The life and poetry of Robert Burns was marked at Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, Newcastle.

Bagpiper Ian Nelson played classic songs in full highland regalia and gave a private performance for Scottish resident George Langdon.

George was moved to tears when Ian played O Flower of Scotland in his room – as he is unable to leave due to health reasons.

The other residents enjoyed singing along during Ian’s performance in the specially decorated dining room – with hand painted saltires on display.

The home held their own version of the Highland Games, including quoits and tossing a beanbag into a pond.

Residents were treated to traditional Scottish fare for dinner, including haggis, neeps and tatties, cock-a-leekie soup, and a dram of whisky or glass of Iron Bru.

Resident Ethel Smith said: “I really enjoy Robert Burns’ poetry. It is really good. He is a very interesting man.”

Julie Booth, home manager at Waverley Lodge Care Home, said: “Everyone thoroughly enjoyed our Burns Night celebration.

“It was especially moving for George Langdon, as he’s not able to leave his room, so bagpiper Ian Nelson played him a song especially, which moved him to tears.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to Ian for coming along and putting on a brilliant performance.”