Steven Spielberg’s War Horse Piper, Callum Armstrong, Pipes in The Haggis at Seaford’s Burns Night

Burns Night was celebrated in style at Seaford College with parents and staff enjoying a traditional evening in Seaford’s beautiful Mansion House.  John Green, the recently appointed Headmaster and Bill Cuthbertson, a rugby coach at the school and a former Scottish Rugby International, finished the night off with a rendition of the Flower of Scotland.  Bill recently discovered that John is passionate about singing Elvis Presley songs and decided to ask him for support in the final song of the evening.

The evening started off with a drinks reception in front of a roaring fire in the Garden Room of Mansion House.  Entertainment was provided by The Piper, Callum Armstrong, who has been piping at Seaford’s Burns Night since he was barely a teenager and who was recently acclaimed for his role as The Piper in the opening scene of Steven Spielberg’s award winning film, War Horse.

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!”  A re-enactment of the cutting wi ready sleight took place where ‘Gushing’ haggis made its way over some of the guests in the vicinity – including this year The Piper.

Guests enjoyed the Haggis with neeps ‘n’ tatties and poured over whiskey as a sauce.  This was followed by a delicious main course of Lamb Shank, dessert and cheese.  Supper was followed with wonderful speeches.   Bill Cuthbertson (Selkirk Grace); Mathew Pitteway (Immortal Memory); Joe Follows (Toast to the Lassies) and Mrs Eden (Reply to the Toast to the Lassies).  A number of sixth form students helped to serve supper on the night.

Burns nights have been part of the Seaford Calendar for over 15 years.  They first started when Bill Cuthbertson and his wife started off the tradition for the sixth formers when they were the sixth form house parents 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.”

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