The Comox Valley Pipe Band performs on Canada Day in downtown Courtenay. Photo submitted.

Celebrate Robbie Burns Day with the Comox Valley Pipe Band

The Comox Valley Pipe Band Society is celebrating Robbie Burns on Jan. 27 with its fifth annual Burns Dinner fundraiser in the Upper Lounge of the Royal Canadian Legion Comox Branch 160.

The Comox Valley Pipe Band Society is celebrating Robbie Burns on Jan. 27 with its fifth annual Burns Dinner fundraiser in the Upper Lounge of the Royal Canadian Legion Comox Branch 160.

Over the last 200 years, annual events have been held around the world to commemorate the birth of the highly acclaimed Scottish poet and lyricist Robbie Burns (Jan. 25, 1759 – July 21, 1796).

The local celebration promises to be a traditional Burns Night, complete with the piping in and addressing of the haggis with Burns’ poem To A Haggis’, toasts to the ‘lassies’ and ‘lads’, entertainment, food, fun, and door prizes.

The night begins with fellowship at 6:15 p.m., followed by a roast beef dinner at 7 p.m. including salad, haggis, carrots, tatties (potatoes), neeps (turnips), dessert and the opportunity to win some wonderful door prizes.

The evening’s entertainment includes piping and drumming from The Comox Valley Pipe Band, and highland dancing from students of the Lori Tinkler School of Dance.

“We’re looking forward to another great turnout for our Burns Dinner,” said Alexis Forbes, band member. “We have sold out the last few years and are appreciative of the community support – especially when they come dressed in their favourite tartan attire.”

The Comox Valley Pipe Band comprises more than 30 regular members and over 10 student pipers and drummers.

These fundraisers allow the band to continue outfit and upgrade the its equipment and uniforms, allow members to access training and workshops, and for the band to continue to provide public appearances at community events.

Tickets are $40 and are on sale and going fast. For more information, or to purcahse tickets, call 250-465-8260, email info@cvpbs.org or any talk to any pipe band member.

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