COMING UP: Burns Night celebrations at St George’s Hall


Scottish people and non-Scots alike are being invited to join in Liverpool’s newest Burns Night celebration. St George’s Hall is holding a ceilidh on Friday 25 January, the first time a Burn Night celebration has been staged in the hall.

The night marks the birthday of Scottish national poet, Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns and is celebrated throughout the world with music, food and dance.

Merseyside band Gallimaufry (pictured) will be performing, and guiding everyone through the dance steps at the ceilildh, an evening of Scottish/Celtic dancing.

Everyone is taught the dance by the band’s caller, and dances are performed in large mixed groups. You don’t have to be a dancer to take part, just willing to have fun.

As well as the dancing and music there is also a traditional Scottish buffet of Haggis – with a vegetarian variety – neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes) and a bar where wee drams of whisky will be plentiful.

Deputy Lord Mayor and trustee of St George’s Hall, Councillor Gary Millar, said: “In the words of the Scots Bard “Don’t be a wee sleekit cowerin’ tim’rous beastie”. No, you don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy Burns Night, everybody is welcome – it’s going to be a lot of fun and we hope it is the start of a tradition at St George’s Hall.”

Doors open at 7.30pm and entrance is via the North entrance (opposite Walker Art Gallery).

Tickets are £10 per person (includes buffet) and can be purchased at the door on the night, or in advance from St George’s Hall Heritage Centre, St Johns Lane (0151 225 6909/6903)or to put your name on the paying guest list email at stgeorgeshall@liverpool.gov.uk.

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