Burns’ Night celebrations at the West Wing at Ickworth

Burns Night celebrations taking place at the West Wing at Ickworth House.     Iain MacDonald addresses the haggis.
Burns Night celebrations taking place at the West Wing at Ickworth House. Iain MacDonald addresses the haggis.
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Scottish heritage was celebrated as about 140 people took part in a traditional Burns’ Night celebrations at the West Wing at Ickworth on Saturday.

It featured a Scottish Ceilidh band and raised about £1,000 for West Suffolk Headway .

Burns Night celebrations taking place at the West Wing at Ickworth House.   The haggis is piped into the room.

Burns Night celebrations taking place at the West Wing at Ickworth House. The haggis is piped into the room.

Iain MacDonald is vice chairman of the Bury and District branch of The Caledonian Society which organises the event.

He said: “It is part of our identity, our heritage now-a-days we seem to be moving away from celebrating our heritage and trying to be all things to all people.

“This is something unique, that is celebrated around the World, and makes us proud to be Scottish – but not in a nationalist way.”

Saturday night’s event also featured guest speaker William from Tattenhall in Cheshire to give the Immortal Memory.

He spoke on the origins of the Burns’ Supper.

Chrystal Cooper, one of the Headway Trustees, gave the reply to the toast to the lassies.

The guests were welcomed to the sound of the pipes, played by Stuart Jones. He also piped in the haggis as part of the celebrations.