Due to popular demand, Seaford for the first time hosted not one but two resoundingly successful Burns Nights. Held on consecutive evenings, the event was organised by Bill and Alana Cuthbertson, who first started organising Burns Night over sixteen years ago.
The traditional evening of haggis and merriment was held in Seaford’s beautiful Mansion House, where guests enjoyed a drinks reception in front of a roaring fire in the Garden Room, and were entertained by The Piper, Callum Armstrong. Callum Armstrong, who has been piping at Seaford’s Burns Night since he was barely a teenager, also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed film War Horse as a piper in the opening scene.
In impressive style, The Piper piped in the guests for supper. The Haggis was then piped in and paraded around Seaford’s magnificent dining room. Paul Bain addressed the Haggis with the traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’ by Robert Burns: ‘His knife see rustic Labour dight/An’ cut you up wi’ ready sleight/Trenching your gushing entrails bright/Like ony ditch/And then, O what a glorious sight/Warm-reekin’, rich!’
Guests were also entertained by an impressive performance from Seaford’s choir, led by Sara Reynolds, and by Jeanine Thorpe, the award-winning and internationally acclaimed violinist.
The night was finished off in style by Headmaster John Green and rugby coach and former Scottish Rugby International Bill Cuthbertson, who joined together to sing Flower of Scotland, whilst wearing kilts and ginger wigs. John Green said: ‘Thank you to all the parents who attended and made both evenings so special and memorable. I would also like to thank Bill and Alana Cuthbertson who continue to organise the event so incredibly well.’
Burns Nights have been a part of the Seaford calendar for over 16 years. Bill and Alana Cuthbertson first started the tradition by arranging Burns Nights for Sixth Formers, when they were Sixth Form houseparents back in 1998. Bill said: ‘it’s a fantastic tradition that is growing in popularity each year and it was an absolute pleasure to have John Green accompany me in the unofficial Scottish Anthem.’