It is unlikely that the Scottish poet, Robert Burns, would have imagined that 251 years after his death, a Burns Supper would be held 6800 miles from his homeland in the sticky climes of southern Malaysia. But despite the unlikely setting, the Marlborough College Malaysia (MCM) boarders donned their best token tartan and gathered for a night of celebration, led by a kilt-clad Mr Cowie.
The catering team put on a four-course feast including an impressively large home-made haggis which was ceremoniously bagpiped in by Mr McDiarmid. Mr Anderson delivered the Selkirk grace and Mr Woolley executed the traditional toast to the Haggis in his best (and loudest) Scottish accent. Brave volunteers from each of the boarding houses also read verses of Burns’ famous poem “Tam o’ Shanter”, a difficult task as the poem is written in a broad Scot dialect.
After the supper, Mr Anderson led everyone in some traditional Scottish ceilidh dances. Everyone got involved. There was hopping, clapping, spinning and lots of hilarity. It was an incredibly fun end to the evening.