Care Home Residents Celebrate The Life Of Robbie Burns

burns5Residents of a Chichester care home are marking the life of Scotland’s most famous poet with films, music and a traditional Burns Supper.

Colten Care’s Wellington Grange in Broyle Road, will be festooned with Scottish decorations for the event on Robert Burns’ birthday (Friday January 25th).

Amongst the revellers are residents with their own Scottish links, including Jo Ward, whose family tree includes the Bard himself.

Jo said: “My grandfather’s name was Robert Duff and he was from St Andrews.

“We were amazed when we researched into our family tree to find Robert Burns himself was related to us.

“I’ve always been fascinated by my Scottish ancestry and I’m very much looking forward to finding out even more about him during the day.”

The first ‘Burns Supper’ was held in memoriam by the poet’s friends, on 21 July 1801, the fifth anniversary of his death. It has been a regular occurrence ever since and is celebrated around the world.

The day also celebrates Burns’ contribution to Scottish culture. His best known work being Auld Lang Syne.

During the Wellington Grange Burns Day residents will try their hand at a Scottish-themed quiz, as well learning some traditional, Scottish sayings and listening to Scottish music.

Kay Vevers, Companionship Team Manager at the home said: “We are also showing a documentary on the Life and Works of Burns and the film Brigadoon starring Gene Kelly – followed of course, by Haggis and Whisky tasting.”

“There will also be a reminiscence session with the help of some of our Scottish residents and others who have visited Scotland.”

 

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