Residents of Willow Brook House Care Home in Corby have celebrated the National Bard of Scotland, with a traditional Burns Night supper.

Family members joined residents and staff for an evening of Scottish themed entertainment. As with all good Burns suppers, guests were greeted by a piper dressed in full tartan attire.

Following an introduction to the evening, the gathering sang traditional Scottish songs and listened to readings of some of Robert Burns’ most popular poems.

Then there was haggis! Keeping to tradition, the piper played again as the haggis was brought into the room. This was met with rapturous applause and cheers, before being carved so everyone could enjoy, or at the very least try a slice.

Strong Links to Scotland

Corby has a strong historical link with Scotland after many Scottish nationals relocated here for employment in the steel industry in the 1930s. This was when Scottish company Stewarts & Lloyds opened what became one of the UK’s largest steelworks in the town. Following this, a strong Scottish community was established in the town, earning Corby the nickname of ‘Little Scotland.’

To this day, haggis and Scottish breakfasts are readily available in the town, and Scottish pipers are easily found. Burns Night was the second appearance of the pipers at Willow Brook House this year. On January 1st, the pipers helped our residents celebrate the New Year with a rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne.’

At Willow Brook House Care Home, we strive to help residents retain and embrace their sense of identity and community. We have great links with many local organisations and groups from Corby, many of whom visit our residents on a regular basis. Our dedicated activities team are always happy to help residents celebrate events and holidays that are important to them.

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