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Deputy High Commissioner marks Burns Night in Kampala

Scottish community in Uganda celebrates Scotland’s national poet

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Burns Night in Kampala
Burns Night in Kampala

On Saturday 31 January 2015, British Deputy High Commissioner Mary Shockledge joined the Caledonian Society of Uganda in celebrating the 256th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth. The evening included poems, reeling (traditional Scottish dancing) and great Scottish food and drink, including Haggis and Scotch Whisky.

Burns Night celebration in Kampala
Deputy High Commissioner Mary Shockledge and a representative of PEAS, a British education charity, inspect the Haggis

Burns Night is commemorated on or around 25 January each year, when we commemorate the life and work of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns. This is an important annual opportunity for the British High Commission in Kampala to join with the Scottish community, and Ugandan and international friends of Scotland, to celebrate Scotland’s heritage, and showcase the best of Scottish culture, food, drink and entrepreneurial spirit.

Baurns Night
Guests reeling at Burns Night

You can see pictures and records of the wider programme of events to mark Burns night 2015 across the world, across social media platforms, through the hashtag #BurnsNight.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is involved in events which focus on promoting Scottish business and industry. These are vital for the UK to continue our work promoting Scottish interests overseas. In the last year alone, the UK helped 50% more Scottish firms export and helped to land overseas investment projects that generated over 10,000 Scottish jobs.

Published 3 February 2015