For many years it has been a tradition at Westonbirt to host a Burns Night Supper, normally over the Exeat weekend. The whole school community is invited and there is much merriment and dancing. It is an occasion that injects fun and brightness in the half term following Christmas. This year, of course, we could not come together as a whole community but last weekend we celebrated Burns Night with our boarding bubbles.
The dress code was smart with as much tartan as you could muster! The boarders outdid themselves and really looked the part decked out in various brightly coloured checks; a school kilt was even dug out, dusted off and worn for the first time this term!
Gathered around beautifully decorated tables, resplendent with tartan, greenery and bathed in candlelight we heard Miss Crowley’s rendition of ‘Address to a Haggis’ before tucking into a meal of Haggis, neeps and tatties. When at last all our “weel-swall'd kytes” were “bent like drums” (everyone was pleasantly filled up!) Mr Holland took the stand and gave the Toast to the Lassies. It was a brilliant and funny speech full of compliments to the Lassies present, but spoken in a ‘Scots accent’ which made the few real Scots in the room cringe in to their Cranachan! It fell to Mrs Dangerfield to respond and in turn to Toast the Laddies and when we had all raised our glasses one last time it was time to clear up and head to bed.
A brilliant night was had by all and thanks must go to the kitchens for a wonderful meal and to Miss Gould and her team of helpers for the decorations!