A skirl of pipes welcomed guests to Burns Night

The skirl of pipes welcomed over 100 guests to Harrogate Grammar School’s 26th annual ‘Burns Night’ for an evening of fun and frolics. The school hall was transformed into a Scottish paradise; tartan decked tables with charming posies of flowers and candles greeted the guests while brightly lit tartan wreaths on the walls along with garlands on the doorway gave the room a homely feel.

The traditional fayre of cock-a-leekie, haggis and cranachan expertly prepared by Head Chef, Dave Carrack and his team was well received, with the traditional welcome to the chief guest of honour, The Haggis, piped in by Mr Ed Arnold and greeted by Mr Ken Weston, who, with a flourish, gave his usual faultless Address.

Further entertainment was added by the truly beautiful voices of Year 12 students, Miss Grace Brennan and Miss Phoebe Kyriakopoulos.

Following the meal, the Toast to the Lasses was given by Mr Mark Garrett, with The Reply given by Mrs Fiona Barker.

The evening continued with dancing/skirmishing that could have otherwise been interpreted as hand to hand combat judging by the display of dance moves! Music was supplied by Knotted Chord who, as in previous years, provided a lively, tuneful conclusion to the event.

Teacher, Mr Mckay, thanked those involved, saying “None of this would have been possible had it not been for the dedication and enthusiasm of a positive army of Harrogate Grammar School student and parent helpers. Their hard work and enterprise were immeasurable, and evident when you saw the hall decked out in all its glory.

“The evening was to not only celebrate the Bard but to raise money for portable floodlights to enable more students to carry on with outdoor sport practices in the winter months. The fundraising was massively boosted by the very generous sponsorship from Myrings Estate Agents whose support provided an excellent selection of whisky. WMG sponsored the red wine and Salesforce the white wine, all wines were supplied by Ake & Humphris. In addition, generous raffle prizes were also donated by Vanilli’s Ice Cream, H2K Skincare, Grooves Golf, The Queen’s Hotel Leeds, Fodder, Pannal Golf Club and Rudding Park Golf Club.

It is wonderful to see these local businesses supporting Harrogate Grammar School in this way. Their generosity will help give students the opportunity to further develop their sporting potential throughout the year.”