Burns Night fun for all? It's in the bag in Grimsby
BAGPIPES, haggis and dancing ... it can only be Burns Night.
The annual celebration of Scotland's most famous son, Robert Burns, has taken place. It was officially on Friday, but events took place all over the weekend in the area.
An evening of merriment was had by about 70 guests at the Humber Royal Hotel, in Littlecoates Road, Grimsby – and it was attended by marching piper, James Beedie, from Cleethorpes who, at 92, is thought to be the oldest marching piper in the country.
He said: "I started playing the pipes when I was seven and I have been piping at Burns Night celebrations for more than 30 years.
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"My role is to play people into the event and also pipe the haggis in and out again.
"I am happy to be involved and I am just glad I can still pipe. I will play the bagpipes for the rest of my life if I can. The things you have to remember when playing are to keep your bag tight and make sure you learn the tune correctly.
"I will play for everyone and I do it because I want to. I don't want to be paid and I only ask for a taxi home at the end of the night."
Members of the local Scots' Society of St Andrew were on hand to mark the occasion.
President James Morrison said: "The society has been celebrating Burns Night since 1985; it is one of the highlights of the year.
"Robert Burns is one of the most famous poets and Scots in the world. He was also a great socialist and believer in equality.
"Every year, the evening is filled with music and dancing and, of course, haggis. It is always great fun."
Send your Burns Night celebration photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org. uk – and see tomorrow's Grimsby Telegraph.