Sheffield Scots raise a glass to Burns

Sheffield Caledonian Society's 2015 Burns Night celebrations. Pictured, from left, Mistress Cutler Ruth Grey, the Master Cutler David Grey, the society's president's consort Julia MacNamara, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Peter Ripon, and the society's president, Terry MacNamara
Sheffield Caledonian Society's 2015 Burns Night celebrations. Pictured, from left, Mistress Cutler Ruth Grey, the Master Cutler David Grey, the society's president's consort Julia MacNamara, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Peter Ripon, and the society's president, Terry MacNamara
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Haggis, neeps and tatties were all on the menu as Sheffield’s Caledonian Society celebrated Burns Night.

More than 110 guests attended the annual event, marking the birthday of famous poet Robert Burns.

The night of tradition, at Sheffield’s Tapton Masonic Hall, included Scottish food, drink and entertainment, including ‘blasting the bagpipes’, ‘piping in the haggis’ and ‘a toast to the Lassies’.

Sue Cameron, Sheffield Caledonian Society secretary, said: “It was a brilliant night we had all been looking forward to.

“The food and entertainment was lovely and there was a brilliant atmosphere - there was a lot of jigging too.”

Among the guests was the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Peter Rippon, and the Master Cutler, David Grey.

Highlights of the evening include the piping of the haggis and the keynote speech, known as The Immortal Memory, which was taken by Professor John Tidy, who spoke about Burns’ life and his work.

The society was formed in 1822 after the Sheffield section of the West Riding Caledonian Society grew big enough to form its own club.