Tendring Twinning Association celebrated Burns Night in our own inimitable style; not only did we celebrate the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns, but we also took the opportunity to greet all three of our twin towns in order to wish them a happy new year in 2017.
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Our evening began with the procession of the piper, Esther Killington, the haggis , carried by Robyn Phillips and the Master of Ceremonies James Cole, who addressed the haggis in the customary manner before slicing it and proposing a toast.
After a copious meal of haggis, mashed potatoes and mashed swede followed by a traditional trifle we made a number of speeches and toasts.
We toasted our Queen, Elizabeth II.
Then a speech and toast was made to the Laddies by Paul Sharpe which was responded to by Sue Sharpe on behalf of the Lassies. We then toasted our twin towns – in alphabetic order.
Next Donna Pajdowska, an old friend of the Twinning Association, proposed a toast to our friends in Swidnica; none of us speaks Polish and we are grateful to Donna for her linguistics skills.
With energy left, the dancing continued … it was indeed a very happy evening.
Thank you to all who contributed and participated – each one of you was an important part of the occasion.