Burns Night tradition upheld at Darlington retirement village

The Advertiser Series: BURNS FUN: MC Tam Keay with daughter Debby Lamont and her partner Shaun Birkin BURNS FUN: MC Tam Keay with daughter Debby Lamont and her partner Shaun Birkin

BAKED haggis served with clapshot and a traditional clootie pudding were on the menu at a retirement village’s annual charity Burns Night Supper.

Middleton Hall Retirement Village, near Darlington, held its annual supper in aid of its chosen charity for the year, The Alzheimer’s Society.

As well as a formal dinner, the event featured a sprinkling of Scottish music, poetry recital, a piper and dancing and was quite the family affair.

Tam Keay MBE was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

He is the father of Debby Lamont, Middleton Hall’s head of care and quality.

Singer Erica Jones, a housekeeper at the retirement village and a student of performing arts, is the daughter of family living manager, Gail Jones.

Erica provided powerful performances of Amazing Grace and Flower of Scotland.

Jeremy Walford, managing director of Middleton Hall, said: “This was the first of many fundraising events we’ll be holding for the Alzheimer’s Society this year.

“We’ve held a Burns Night Supper at Middleton Hall for 11 years so it’s a bit of a tradition. The food was excellent and the night certainly went with a swing.”

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