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A toast to Robbie Burns

Ian MacLeod gave the Address to the Haggis.   - Amanda Oye photo
Ian MacLeod gave the Address to the Haggis.
— image credit: Amanda Oye photo

A day dedicated to tradition and paying homage to a great Scottish man was hosted by The Clan MacLeod Society of Greater Vancouver, who put on their 23rd annual Robbie Burns Luncheon last Sunday at the Richmond Winter Club.

“The celebration of Robbie Burns’s birthday has been going on for well over 200 years in all places around the world,” said Bill McLeod, chair of the event.

The society’s luncheon was attended by 92 people who enjoyed all of the traditions of a Robbie Burns Day celebration from the Immortal Memory, which is a tribute to Burns, to the toast to the lassies.

There was a buffet lunch that included roast beef, salad, mashed potatoes and, most importantly, haggis, which was brought in as a bagpiper played.

Following lunch there were performances by Highland dancers and fiddlers.

“It was certainly very well received by all who were there,” McLeod said.

Robbie Burns was a Scottish poet who is remembered every year “because of his ability to communicate the needs of the people who need help the most,” McLeod said.

“The Clan MacLeod Society … pays homage to Robbie Burns because of the importance he had..”

Amanda Oye covers the social scene for The Richmond Review. Her column appears every Wednesday. She may be reached at

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