Michael McLetchie swipes with his dirk, or Scottish short sword, while reciting Robbie Burns‚immortal poem Address to a Haggis at Sylvan Lake’s Royal Canadian Legion Wednesday.
The Innisfail piper headlined the Legion’s 16th annual Robbie Burns Night celebrating the Scottish poet‘s birth Jan. 25th, 1759.
Dinners in his honour traditionally begin by piping in the haggis, a mixture of sheep’s innards mixed with onion, oatmeal, suet and spices cooked in a sheep’s stomach. It’s served with neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes) and washed down with a wee dram of scotch.
McLetchie and his piper/drummer wife, Marion, will be on hand for other Central Alberta Robbie Burns dinners including Innisfail’s tomorrow night, Stettler’s Saturday and performing for Bowden School’s Grade 4 class Monday, the Bard of Ayrshire’s birthday.
The Red Deer Legion also hosts its Robbie Burns dinner Jan. 23rd.