Celebrate Robbie Burns with haggis in Red Deer

Haggis lovers will unite at Friday’s Robbie Burns’ Night Supper in Red Deer.

The annual event hosted by the Red Deer Legion Pipe Band has been a tradition in the city for about a decade.

Drummer Arnie MacAskill said there are many people of Scottish heritage in central Alberta, and the annual event keeps the traditions alive.

The night will consist of a traditional Scottish dinner with haggis, bagpipes and highland dances.

“One of the things we have is the Immortal Memory, and it’s a speech by one of the pipe band members, and we have someone do a toast to the haggis…

“One of the guys does a toast to the lassies and then one of the lassies does a reply back,” explained MacAskill.

Poet Robbie Burns has come to be an important figure in Scottish culture, and around the world, MacAskill noted.

“He was quite a character over there and his name has gone on – hundreds of years since he’s passed,” the drummer said.

The band tries to promote the highland bagpipes and the Scottish ways, piping and drumming. This event, in return, serves as a fundraiser for the band, so members are able to pay for instruments and kilts.

MacAskill said by the time the band pays for supper and entertainment, it’s left with about $1,000.

He said the event will be smaller this year, as it’s at the Elks Lodge, versus the Red Deer Legion, where it’s usually held.

The Red Deer Legion Pipe Band has about 30 members, including students, from all over central Alberta.

Doors to the event open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information, call Arnie MacAskill at 403-782-7183.


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