Burns stands test of time

Haggis making at Campbell Brothers'haggis stitcher
Haggis making at Campbell Brothers'haggis stitcher
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NEW research has revealed that 38 per cent of people in Scotland won’t be celebrating the life and poetry of Robert Burns today (Wednesday).

Research for the producers of Crabbie’s Ginger Wine has revealed some interesting insights into Scotland’s Burn’s Night time-honoured traditions.

The 62 per cent of Scots that plan to celebrate this evening reassure traditionalists that the essence of Burns Night has not been lost with over half most associating the night with haggis (51 per cent), followed by poetry and nip of whisky.

Sometimes the old ways are the best, as Burns Night is all about celebrating tradition, Crabbie’s Ginger Wine has exposed etiquette that Scots believe is missing from today’s dinner table.

Almost half think the most important of all table manners people no longer adhere to is waiting until the whole dinner-table is seated before starting to eat (41 per cent). while one in three miss their Ps and Qs and wish dinner party attendees would thank the host/hostess for their hospitality.

The survey also took a cheeky look into which celebrity would make the perfect Burns Night host with First Minister Alex Salmond proving the least popular figure Scots would want to lend a toast (three per cent) and Billy Connolly the most welcome guest to a Burns night celebration (29 per cent). The most popular ‘Toast to the Lassies’ remains the clink of glasses (35 per cent).

Al Cross, marketing controller at Halewood International, Crabbie’s producers, said: ‘‘We were keen to reveal the Scots’ true feelings towards the celebration of Robert Burns.

‘‘So many customs of yesterday are often lost, so it’s good to see Scotland celebrating the life of Robert Burns with such passion and tradition.”

Crabbie’s Ginger Wine, first made 200 years ago, is a blend of ginger steeped for six weeks with citrus, herbs and spices added to a secret recipe.