Luxembourg gets a taste of Burns Night
People of all nationalities had a taste of a traditional Burns Night at the weekend when Luxembourg's Scottish Association hosted their third ever Burns Supper.
The Parc Belle Vue hotel was brimming with kilts, haggis and the inimitable sound of the bag pipes as some 64 people gathered to pay tribute to Scottish poet Robert Burns.
Scottish Association of Luxembourg president Michael Doyle told wort.lu/en: “I like to say that ours is more of a Scottish night with a Burns theme. At the traditional Burns supper we usually have the Tam O' Shanter, which is a long poem by Robert Burns and the Immortal Memory. We tend to get a more European audience and so we dropped the Tam O' Shanter and shortened the Immortal Memory, replacing it with a Scottish quiz.”
The night included light-hearted gender digs in the toast to the lassies and response from the lassies speeches, given by Allan Stewart and Alix Burton. Meanwhile, the sound of authentic Scottish music filled the dance hall as a member of the Luxembourg Pipe Band played bagpipes.
As well as a strong presence of Scottish expatriates, the event attracted some two thirds non-Scots who were tempted to try the Scottish delicacy of haggis and learn more about Scotland's most important party.
Mr Doyle added: “For us, at the Scottish Association, we try to promote Scottish culture abroad and Burns Night will always be part of that. It's been our main event for the last three years.”