Homecoming Burns Night

Borders Burns fans invite to 'The World Famous Burns Supper'

Borderers taking part in Burns Night celebrations across the region have been invited to join The World Famous Burns Supper Celebration as part of the Homecoming Scotland 2009 programme that will mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet.

For the first time ever, The World Famous Burns Supper Celebration, a partnership between Homecoming Scotland and The Famous Grouse, will unite Burns enthusiasts around the world - encouraging them to come together online, registering their celebrations; big, small, traditional or unusual.

The aim is to show the world that Burns' legacy is still alive and kicking today and that his message of friendship and common humanity lives on, joining people all over the world.

A new website www.burnssupper2009.com has been created to capture everyone's plans for celebrating this landmark Burns Night and establish a new World Record for the greatest number of Burns suppers ever held.

Every supper registered will be flagged on an interactive world map - demonstrating the global reach of Burns today. To date there are more than 2,100 suppers registered worldwide including everything from formal sit down meals to the more unusual supper including a supper at the top of the CN Tower, a supper on Balmoral Beach in Australia and a supper in Times Square, New York.

The website also provides a range of Burns material including a Burns Supper Pack complete with menu ideas, cocktail recipes, invitation templates, poems, songs, film clips and music downloads.

The Scottish Borders hosts numerous Burns Suppers and organisers are invited to add these to www.burnssupper2009.com

Two Borders-based theatre companies will be touring shows based on Burns around the Borders from January to April. The first is a new show by the talented Idioms Theatre Company called, 'Haughtie Hizzies and Haughmagandy', which continues their very successful format of a Burns show followed by a traditional Supper (minus the speeches) which kicks off at Tower Mill Theatre in Hawick on Saturday 17 January.

Meanwhile, the Rowan Tree Theatre Company is preparing their new work, a different slant on Burns' life as told by five women who cared for him in different ways featuring the award-winning Scots actress, Gerda Stevenson. 'The Lasses,O' will be performed around the Borders from 14 March to 3 April 2009.

: Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebrates the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birth and the Scottish Borders Homecoming Scotland Programme includes three major events: Return to the Ridings, a celebration of the centuries old tradition and stunning spectacle of the Border Common Ridings & Festivals; In the Footsteps of the Reivers - the Scottish Borders Walking Festival, a fascinating look at the rich and bloody history of the Border Reivers across the distinctive landscape that was their home; the Clan Scott Gathering - an exciting four day programme full of history, music, colour, drama and fun.

Visit www.homecomingscotland2009.com/scottishborders for full information on these major events and all the wide range of local events Homecoming events taking place in the Scottish Borders.

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