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Let your hair down at a Burns Night celebration

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

Party night: Liam Robinson will be playing at the Drill Hall for a Burns Night gig

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If you are already feeling withdrawal symptoms from the party season, then another celebration just around the corner will be the perfect excuse to let your hair down again.

Burns Night, usually held close to Robert Burn's birthday on January 25, includes dancing, music, poetry and often a meal.

At Lincoln Drill Hall they are holding an informal Burns Night Ceilidh Party hosted by the Liam Robinson Dance Band and friends (Thursday, January 24 (8pm) Tickets: £8).

"For most of January my band and I become a lot more Scottish in terms of tunes and dances," says Liam Robinson. "Obviously Burns Night is a celebration of Robert Burns – his work and life.

"In a broad sense it's also a celebration of Scottish traditional culture. And it's a great time of year to have a celebration, coming down from Christmas and new year. People really get into the party spirit.

"At the Drill Hall this year we are going to have two or three dances then a little interlude with singing or poetry readings, then another few dances and so on."

There will be a chance for people to try their hand at reading some of Burn's poetry as well.

Liam says: "In terms of the dancing people can expect lots of very popular Scottish country dances, as well as some folk dancing.

"I will be playing my accordion and will also be explaining the dances for people so everyone can have a go.

"I think one of the reasons Burns Night is so popular around Lincolnshire is the county's association with the RAF. They hold a lot of big Burns Night celebrations, and it's part of their formal calendar of events.

"Personally, I am interested in Scottish folk history and there's a lot more mobility and integration in our cultures than people expect."

Three pubs in Lincoln will also be celebrating the life and poetry of Robert Burns by hosting Burns' Week from Monday, January 21 until Friday, January 25.

The Forum in Silver Street, The Ritz in High Street and The Square Sail in Brayford Wharf North will each be serving two meals to celebrate the occasion ... haggis, neeps and tatties as well as a Highland burger (beef burger, haggis and whisky sauce, served with chips and onion rings).

The meals will cost £4.99 and £5.69, respectively, inclusive of a drink (from a selection of drinks, including a Scottish real ale and a choice of four malt whiskies).

The real ale on offer will be Caledonian Auld Lang Syne, and the four whiskies are Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, Isle of Jura and Glenmorangie.

Sarah Downing, pub manager at The Forum, says: "We are looking forward to celebrating Burns' Week in style with a great choice of food and drink to mark the special occasion."

Tickets are also on sale for Ewerby Reading Rooms annual Burns Night Supper and Ceilidh, to be held on Saturday, January 26 (7pm). As usual Haggis and Neaps are on the menu and popular band Higgeldy Piggledy will provide the music for the Ceilidh. Tickets: £12.50. Book in advance by calling 01529 461926. Ewerby Reading Rooms is the Village Hall, Main Street, Ewerby.

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