Sanctuary Care homes across the country have celebrated all things north of the border in honour of a Scottish poet and lyricist.
In Chester, the team and residents Upton Dene Residential and Nursing Home in Caldecott Close celebrated Burns Night in traditional Scottish style, complete with tasty food and bagpipe entertainment.
Bagpiper, Chris Eyre from the Wirral Pipe Band, performed throughout the home and was dressed head-to-toe in traditional attire for the special occasion.
85-year-old Joyce Law said: “I really enjoyed the celebrations – it all brought back some wonderful memories as my family is from Scotland.”
Fellow resident Norma Long, 83 added: “Chris the bagpiper was excellent, I couldn’t stop tapping my feet.”
Bagpiper in Bridgwater
The sound of Scottish music was also enjoyed in Bridgwater, Somerset, when the team and residents at The Rosary Nursing Home welcomed bagpipe performer John Shields.
One particular resident who thoroughly enjoyed the festivities was 87-year-old William Gray who was born and bred in Glasgow, Scotland.
William said: “It made my day, it was great and brought back so many wonderful memories of my Scottish days – the bagpiper sounded excellent.”
Fellow resident, 77-year-old Jean Moss – who is from Ayr, Scotland and gave John a double thumbs up and described him as “magnificent” added: “I was overjoyed to have haggis.”
Gordon Chidgey, 80, said: “The bagpiper was absolutely fantastic!”
Following the performance residents tucked into delicious Scottish delicacies, from haggis and tatties to homemade buttery shortbread.
Blue and white fun in Hatfield
Meanwhile in Hertfordshire, the team and residents at Hatfield Residential and Nursing Home in Tamblin Way celebrated with themed food, quizzes and arts and crafts.
The residents donned tartan tams (Scottish hats) and enjoyed a string of Celtic festivities from listening to Scottish poetry to getting crafty and making blue and white decorations and woven placemats.
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities leader Kayleigh Innes said: “Many of our residents have always celebrated Burns Night so we have carried on the tradition here in the heart of the home and it always makes for such a wonderful celebration.
“Residents adore the poetry and really embraced the different traditions that Scotland has to offer.”