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Poet set to be celebrated during week long event

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

By ROB SMYTH

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THE life and times of a popular Scottish poet are to be celebrated at a Burton town centre pub.

The Lord Burton, in High Street, will be holding a week long celebration of Robert Burns including poetry readings, special food dishes and drinks.

The world renowned bard is most famous for his song ‘Auld Lang Syne’ – a staple that can often be heard being belted out as people celebrate the arrival of a new year.

Customers will even be encouraged to give a reading of some of his most well known pieces from ‘A Red, Red Rose’ to ‘Ae Fond Kiss’.

Pub manager Andrew Byers said: “The Lord Burton will be celebrating the life and poetry of the Scottish poet Robert Burns by hosting Burns’ Week from Monday, January 21 until Friday, January 25 inclusive.

“The pub will be serving two meals to celebrate the occasion; haggis, neeps and tatties as well as a Highland burger (beef burger, haggis and whisky sauce, served with chips and onion rings).

“The meals will cost £4.99 and £5.69, respectively, inclusive of a drink (from a selection of drinks, including a Scottish real ale and a choice of four malt whiskies.)

“The real ale on offer is Caledonian Auld Lang Syne and the four whiskies are; Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, Isle of Jura and Glenmorangie.

“We are looking forward to celebrating Burns’ Week in style with a great choice of food and drink to mark the special occasion.”

Robert Burns, who lived during the 1700s, is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland.

He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland.

On Burns’ night, which will take place on Friday, January 25, the Waterfront at Barton Marina will host an event from 7pm which will include a town crier and bag pipe player.

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