Baked haggis served with clapshot and a traditional clootie pudding were on the menu at a retirement village’s annual charity Burns Night Supper. Middleton Hall Retirement Village, near Darlington, County Durham, held its annual supper in aid of its chosen charity for the year, The Alzheimer’s Society. As well as a formal dinner, the event featured a sprinkling of Scottish music, poetry recital, a piper and dancing.
The Burns event is quite a family affair. Tam Keay (MBE) was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. He is the Father of Debby Lamont, Middleton Hall’s Head of Care & Quality. Singer Erica Jones, a Housekeeper at the retirement village and a student of performing arts, is the daughter of Family Living Manager, Gail Jones. She provided powerful performances of Amazing Grace and Flower of Scotland.
Jeremy Walford, managing director, said:
“This was the first of many fundraising events we’ll be holding for the Alzheimer’s Society this year. We’ve held a Burns Night Supper at Middleton Hall for 11 years so it’s a bit of a tradition. The food was excellent and the night certainly went with a swing.”