Burns Night celebration this year at Southborough Nursing Home was extra special, because of our residents’ connection with Scotland. Barbara has fond memories of visits to Scotland as a child and of her dad playing bagpipes and she was overwhelmed with emotion when her haggis menu was announced along with bagpipes playing in the background! With a hug and tears, she expressed “You have given me my dad today!” Barbara went on to share a funny story of how her mother had once got haggis all over the kitchen walls and swore never to cook it again! She said it was her father who would cook it for the family, and she had always loved it. She was looking forward to enjoying a haggis meal for Burns Night at Southborough.
John joined his wife Margaret for this special occasion. As he read the “Address to Haggis”, a Burns Night tradition, with bagpipes music in the background, residents and staff gave a round of cheer and claps as lunch began! Our chef Diana greeted the residents and was pleased to hear that they were enjoying the meal.
The lunch table had cheerful chats and the residents recognised the “Royal Stewart Tartan” and agreed it’s the most popular one. There were discussions about different prints and kilts. When John shared that he was wearing “The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Tartan” scarf, everyone was impressed! Barbara spoke on behalf of everyone to show her appreciation! A memorable Burns Night meal indeed! And we were not done yet! We had a music show to look forward to!
The accordion player Tony Boyle made an appearance in his Argyle jacket and kilt outfit and the residents were amazed! It was a special moment when Tony shared pictures of his time in the Royal Scots Regiment with residents, wearing the same outfit. The Scottish tunes were befitting the occasion and well loved by all, staff swayed along with residents in rhythm! Beryl couldn’t help dancing to the melodies with Joan, while Maureen clapped along! Staff and residents agreed it was a special afternoon!