Sanctuary Care residents across the country celebrated Burns Night yesterday in Scottish style complete with tasty food and bagpipe entertainment.
Celebrations at The Rosary
William Gray, 86-year-old Scottish resident, said: “It was fantastic to see and hear the bagpiper, I was so pleased we all celebrated Burns Night and that I got to taste haggis again.”
Festivities in Oxfordshire
In Wantage, residents and the team at Wantage Nursing Home in Garston Lane celebrated all things north of the border by dressing head-to-toe in their finest tartan attire for the special themed occasion.
Haggis and tatties, clootie dumpling, buttery shortbread and other Scottish delights were also available.
Resident, George Slack, who is 72 years old, said: “I really enjoyed it – I loved the flavour of haggis and the Scottish music was right up my street!”
Meanwhile in Yarnton, the team and residents at Yarnton Residential and Nursing Home in Rutten Lane enjoyed Scottish themed arts and craft, a music therapy session and a traditional Burns Supper.
The day-long celebrations saw residents roll up their sleeves in the morning to create blue and white bunting and table-top accessories which took pride of place in the home’s Burns Night supper in the evening.
In the afternoon the Rutten Lane home was also busy enjoying toe-tapping music in an engaging music therapy session, where residents played instruments, including drums, tambourines and maracas, along to famous musical hits from well-known Scottish artists.
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities leader Becca Tudor-Price said: “Many of our residents have always celebrated Burns Night so we knew we had to carry on the tradition here in the home and what a way to celebrate – residents have played their own Scottish music, enjoyed well-known food and decked the home with handcrafted blue and white decorations.”
About Burns Night
The annual celebrations pay tribute to the life of Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796).