Amport & District Burns Supper
Saturday 21st January 2017 in Quarley Hall

Come along to a light-hearted evening of eating, drinking and dancing to celebrate the life of Robert Burns

How can I get a ticket?
Tickets cost £23 each; this includes a 2-course supper, drinks on the table, a live band and dancing, and a bar. Everything you need for a grand night out. Any proceeds will be donated to local causes. Ticket numbers will be limited so email gillian.j.bird@btinternet.com or call 01264 889463 to book yours.
Picture of a ticket
What is a Burns Supper?
Burns suppers are held all over the world to mark his birthday. A supper normally includes a welcome and an 'Address to a Haggis', followed by feasting and drinking, a celebration of Burns and his life, with a bit of music and dance. Burns was known to enjoy a good party, so this is a light-hearted event with no need for formality.
What is a Burns Supper?
What did Robbie Burns do for us?
Once upon a time (in 1759, to be precise) Robert Burns was born in Ayrshire. His farmer father educated him, then put him to the plough at the age of 14. This left the poor lad with a dislike of farming and a stooped back. He turmed to poetry, working as an exciseman to bolster his income. He achieved fame in his lifetime but died at the age of 37, leaving 12 (acknowledged) children and a treasure trove of romatic poems , philosophical works and everything in between.
Picture of Robbie Burns
Do I have to dress up and/or wear tartan?
No.
Some people enjoy wearing 'traditional' attire so, if you have it please wear it but it is entirely optional.
(If we are going to be pedantic, the kilt as we know it had not been invented in Burns' lifetime; it is Victorian. But does that matter?)
Kilts
Will I have to listen to lots of boring speeches?
Speeches (or 'toasts'), yes; boring, certainly not.
Burns had a broad sense of humour so a stuffy affair in his name would be inappropriate. Expect to go home with a smile on your face.
The cost of the ticket includes a 'dram' for the toasts, wine on the table and soft drinks for drivers. There will also be a licensed bar.
Bored
Will I have to listen to people speaking in a strange accent?
British dialects come in all shades. A strong Scottish accent can be difficult to understand (for Scots as well as for anyone else) but then so can Scouse or Geordie. Even Essex accents can be challenging.
To quote Hancock, “We’re not all Rob Roys”. Burns Suppers are for everyone - no exclusions.
Blether
Do I have to eat haggis?
The haggis on offer in Amport will have been imported directly from a traditional Scottish butcher in Aberdeenshire and it is very good.
If you have any dietary requirements (vegetarian/vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free etc) please let us know when you buy your tickets
If you really can’t face it, there will still be plenty for you to eat. Scottish hospitality rules dictate that no-one leaves hungry.
Picture of a haggis
Do I have to learn Scottish dances?
Knowing the difference between left and right helps, but the dances are all very simple and a caller will explain each one.
The music will be live; and after the meal and the toasts you will probably want to get up and jig about a bit.
Picture of Scottish Country dancing