Robbie Burns Day in Wilno

WILNO – January 25 marks the birthday of famed Scottish poet Robert Burns, and the Wilno Tavern pulled all the stops to ensure the occasion was properly observed.

With music from local band Freshwater Trade filling the Tavern all night (all traditional Scottish tunes), there were more than a few kilts swaying to the beat.

And though the music was good, and the kilts were proudly worn, everyone was there for one reason: the Piping of the Haggis.

As the clock struck eight, John Mullen picked up his bagpipes and started to play, leading a procession into the tavern. He was followed by the Tavern’s own Ambrose Mullin, who carried the haggis, and Ken Ramsden and Robbie Anderman. Mullin placed the haggis in view of everyone, and Ramsden took up his knife and recited Robert Burns’ Address to a Haggis, a loving poem in honour of the traditional Scottish meal.

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