Auld Lang Syne
Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,
and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished,
and fully past and gone:
Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold,
that loving Breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect
On old long syne.
The first ‘Burns supper’ was held in July 1801 by nine of the Bard’s closest friends, who commemorated the fifth anniversary of his death with haggis, performances and speeches in honour of his work. So successful was this get-together that they decided to repeat it on his birthday, thus beginning the tradition that we all uphold to this day.
A typical Burns supper
There are many different versions of a Burns supper carried out throughout the country on January 25th, but the traditional running order looks something like this:
At the beginning of the evening when everyone takes their seats, the host recites The Selkirk Grace, a Burns prayer said before meals.
A traditional Burns supper includes haggis, neeps and tatties and of course whisky! While the haggis is served, the host performs Address to a Haggis and a toast is made to this most famous of Scottish delicacies.
Traditionally, the Immortal Memory is then performed, followed by Toast to the Lassies then Reply to the Toast to the Lassies, with a couple of other recitals in between.
The grand finale
The host thanks all those present then everyone stands to sing Auld Lang Syne, crossing their arms and joining hands at the line ‘And there’s a hand, my trusty fere!’
Audley Villages restaurants host a traditional Burns Night supper on 25th January, including (of course) haggis and plenty of whiskey.