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PICTURES: Burns Night fun entertains care home residents in Inverness

By Philip Murray

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Scenes from the Burns Night celebrations at the care home. Picture supplied.
Scenes from the Burns Night celebrations at the care home. Picture supplied.

Bagpipes and traditional dancing entertained residents at an Inverness care home when it celebrated Burns Night.

Highview House care home prepared a traditional Burns Night Supper, which also featured performances by the dancers and pipers from the Fraser School of Highland dancing

Throughout the day, staff and residents at the home were also involved in a number of activities including online quizzes, activity books and home decoration, to mark the Scottish institution.

Lead activities coordinator, Aiden Wylie, at Highview House, thought it was a perfect occasion to celebrate an evening steeped in age-old tradition as well as an opportunity to further develop the home’s links with the wider Inverness community.

He said: “Burns Night is always a fantastic event at Highview House, and it’s so important to continue these traditions, which many of our residents have celebrated all of their lives.

"Our residents enjoyed a hearty meal of haggis, neeps and tatties – all prepared by our stellar chef, Stuart Sturgeon and his kitchen team.

"It was particularly rewarding to see our residents dancing, singing and generally interacting with the fabulous young dance team – it is precisely this kind of intergenerational activity that helps prevent any sense of isolation, stirs memory and generally adds a sense of flamboyance to the home.”

Tom, a resident of Highview House, said: “I particularly enjoyed the dinner. The dancers coming to perform was an extra burst of energy at the end of a full day of activities. Burns Night is always a brilliant night here, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Highview House is run by Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest care providers.

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