A burns night was held at the Winder Gardens in Ventnor on Friday (25th January) Couples celebrated Burns Night with a traditional Burns Supper. Consisting of haggis and whisky, the Burns Supper saw family and friends come together to celebrate the life and works of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. Various Burns poems were recited throughout the evening, and Burns’ most famous work – Auld Lang Syne was sung at the end of the night.
The Scottish poet and lyricist, Robert Burns was born in Ayrshire in 1759. He was the oldest of seven children and grew up in poverty on his family’s farm.
His poetry career took off when he was in his 20s. He had decided to move to Jamaica and began to sell his poems in an effort to raise money for the trip. He produced a collection called ‘Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect’ that was ultimately so successful that he decided against emigrating.