Raise a dram to Robbie Burns

PARTY TIME: Residents, staff, entertainers  and visitors in party mood during a Burns Night celebration at Albany House Care Home in Washington.
PARTY TIME: Residents, staff, entertainers and visitors in party mood during a Burns Night celebration at Albany House Care Home in Washington.
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POETRY lovers on Wearside raised a “wee dram” of Irn Bru to the memory of Robert Burns.

Residents at Albany Care Home, in Washington, enjoyed whisky tasting, as well as a traditional haggis supper and music, as part of their Burns Night celebrations.

Philippa Turner, personal activities leader at the centre, said: “We hold lots of different events throughout the year, but it is the first time we’ve held a Burns Night.”

Born in 1759 near Ayr, Burns is known for writing poems and lyrics in the Scots language and dialect.

Every year on his presumed birthday – January 25 – poetry fans across the globe hold celebrations and Burns suppers have been a Scottish tradition for more than 200 years, with the first one taking place in 1796.