Annual ‘haggis bash’ set

Transplanted Scots and “those who wish they were” are invited to the 11th annual Paul Abbott Memorial Burns Supper on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Always a popular event, this year’s “haggis bash” will be held at the Abbotsford Eagles Hall at 33868 Essendene Ave.

The event memorializes Paul Abbott, a popular Abbotsford entertainer and businessman, who died prematurely in 2002.

There will be a traditional meal which includes haggis, ‘neeps and tatties (mashed turnips and potatoes), together with roast beef and all the trimmings for the more “faint-hearted.”

The evening will feature all of the ancient traditions honouring the memory of the great Scottish Bard, Robert Burns, from “the piping in o’ the haggis” to “addressing the haggis” and the “Immortal Memory.”

Entertainment will be provided by the Celtic band Piper Down and other special guests.

A safe ride home program will be available.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and festivities at 6:15 p.m.

Tickets are $30 and are available at the Eagles Club bar (604-859-5405). Net proceeds from the event will go to support the Abbotsford Firefighters Burn Fund and Fraternal Order of Eagles charities.

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