VIDEO: Burns celebrations at Sgoil an Taobh Siar

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan, who is also Minister with responsibility for schools and the Scots Language in the Scottish Government, visited Sgoil nan Taobh Siar today (Friday) to take part in an event to celebrate Scotland’s national poet.

Alasdair Allan recited Tam o’ Shanter and will give the Address to the Haggis tonight.

He said: “I am conscious that this is not a part of Scotland where the Lowland Scots language has been widely spoken, but there is an increasing interest in the islands in what Burns has to say.

“It’s great that Sgoil an Taobh Siar are actively involved in today’s events around Burns and are doing a project on perhaps his most famous poem, Tam o’ Shanter, which was why I think I got an invite to give my party piece an airing!

“It was also good to see the school involving the local community in the Burns Supper, taking place in the evening, and I hope these sorts of events will become a regular occurrence in many more parts of the islands.”

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell is also visiting schools on the mainland today.