Burns Night - ‘Polegate style’

BURNS night will be done ‘Polegate style’ when the town’s twinning association hosts a special celebration with Scottish food and dancing.

Polegate is twinned with Appen, Germany, and also with Saintry-Sur-Seine in France.

To celebrate Burn’s Night, Polegate Twinning Association has organised an event at 7.30pm in St John’s Church Hall on January 22.

Diana Samiullah, one of the organisers, said: “This is a great Scottish tradition done in an adapted Polegate way, as we have carrots along with our ‘neeps’ (or rather swedes), ‘tatties’ and haggis.

“We also do quite a bit of English country dancing alongside the classic Gay Gordons, and sometimes even a Canadian Barn Dance.

“We always have a fantastic evening with bagpipe music to ‘play in the haggis’ to get us in the mood.

“After the delicious food cooked by the committee, the music and the toasts, the dancing begins and even those with two left feet are able to join in, guided skilfully by our caller.”

Those who do not like haggis can opt for sausages. Tickets are available at the Centre Greengrocers (by the Polegate Co-op) at a cost of £9 each up to 12noon Midday on January 20. Bring your own drinks and glasses as well as your dancing shoes.

Diana Samiullah added: “This is the first event of our social programme for the new year 2011.

“This is a double anniversary year for us, celebrating 20 years of association with our twin town in France and 30 years with our German twin town.”

If you are interested in meeting new friends from France or Germany phone: 01323 641281/486021 or 849392.