Residents at Camelot House and Lodge had a rare old time on Burns Night, with a selection of Scots-related activities and refreshments that brought a warm glow to the home on a chilly January day.

In the afternoon we had a fabulous pianist who performed a selection of Scottish songs and provided sheets with the lyrics on so that residents could sing along with the music.

They also enjoyed listening to a Burns’ poem read by the son-in-law of former resident, Ian Curry. Although Ian passed away last June his family still keeps in contact with us, and it was so touching to welcome his daughters Nicola and Debbie to our celebrations, and hear his son-in-law Bryn Rex reading the famous poem: ‘A man’s a man for a’ that.’

Another highlight of the day was a Scottish quiz, which amused the residents very much as they came up with Scottish sayings to match English phrases: like ‘wee’ as a translation of the English word ‘little.’

The themed refreshments included a selection of traditional Scottish food and drink such as ‘neeps and tatties,’ haggis, shortbread biscuits, whisky sauce and warming nips of ‘Scotch.’

Activities co-ordinator Richard Dempslake, pictured (right) in costume with colleague Angie Moore, said: “We had a grand day with lots of talk about Scottish heritage and dancing with our residents, and anyone who remained in their rooms was visited by the activities team and also received a quiz and shared the tasty samples of food.”

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