The annual Robbie Burns dinner was held last night at the First Presbyterian Church in Portage La Prairie.
Suppers in celebration of the life and poetry of Scottish poet Robert Burns are held near the poet’s birthday; January 25th also known as Robbie Burns Day. Convener Margaret McNutt-Reichelt explains it’s a celebration of Scottish heritage..
“It was the Scottish settlers that came to Manitoba and started the Presbyterian Church here and so it’s just a celebration of the Scottish heritage. Now, most of us aren’t Scottish anymore; we’re Canadian and have many different ethnic groups but within this congregation it’s [the] history.”
The dinner was accompanied by dance and musical entertainment. Head convener Lisa Sneesby outlines some of the performers.
“We [had] the McHarg School of Dancing doing Highland dancing, they’re just young girls. We [had] Glen Nowell doing the Scottish singing and then we [had] Sing Song afterwards.”
The evening began with the haggis being piped in by bagpiper Doc Jardine.