Residents enjoyed celebrating Burns Night in honour of the famous 18th century bard Robert Burns.
In line with tradition, poetry recitals were the order of the day along with lunches and suppers featuring haggis, neeps and tatties. While Covid constraints meant we could not welcome visiting bagpipers and dancers as we usually do, residents nevertheless had fun.
At Avon Cliff in Bournemouth, Companionship Team Members Brian Knight and Rebecca Osborne wore kilts with their PPE and performed Highland dancing together. Brian also called at residents’ bedrooms to read out selections of Burns’ poetry.
“I told him he looked very fetching in his ‘skirt’,” said Lois Barber, while fellow resident Ray Paice said: “It was very amusing and got us into the spirit of the day.”
A number of homes decorated residents’ lounges with tartans and thistles.
Kirsty Richmond Cole, Companionship Team Leader at Amberwood House in Ferndown, said: “We had a whole afternoon of all things Scottish. We held a quiz to test everyone’s knowledge of Burns and invited residents to sample a range of whiskies and shortbread.”
Tracey Aldin, Home Manager at Brook View in West Moors, said the annual event is a firm favourite with residents. “We hold a Burns celebration every year and it always proves popular with residents from both north and south of the border,” she added.