Town gets set to celebrate Bard’s birthday
Keep Saturday free in your diary, because this year’s Big Haggis is going to be a real sweet treat for visitors to Kirkcaldy town centre.
And this cute haggis cake (above) will take centre stage.
A year on from the first Big Haggis event, a modest affair with 14 performers, the fattened-up 2014 version has about 60 participants at two venues and a much longer time slot – and it’s all free!
Kirkcaldy4All has planned a great family event to raise the spirits in the post-Christmas lull, with the works of Scotland’s national bard just the tonic to start the year.
On the main stage in Kirkcaldy’s Town Square from 10.30 a.m. there will be Kirkcaldy High School Pipe Band, Resonate Drumming Group, piper David Hunter and the Cutting Edge Ceilidh Band, who have just returned from a tour of Hungary.
Scots actor Jock Ferguson will host the event and recite some Burns works including ‘The Address To The Haggis.’
“The whole world sings a Burns song to open a new year and here in Kirkcaldy we will be singing many more,” said Jock.
“To be given the chance to do this again is an honour and I have done my best to bring quality material to the event.
“I’ve been performing in local schools to promote the event and met the most enthusiastic audiences I’ve ever faced. That the children knew much of the Burns material was heartening too.
“These are hard times and Kirkcaldy has taken a bit of a bashing but there’s no good in bashing it ourselves. Robert Burns is a giant of Scottish culture and Kirkcaldy is going to give him a rousing birthday party.”
Last year’s haggis was a venison concoction, although a six-foot papier mache one was used for publicity.
This year it is a cake, heavy with fruit and spices and laden with malt whisky.
The Mercat Shopping Centre will also host children’s art activities with artist James Annandale who has created a Burns caricature for the occasion. Children will be invited to draw characters from Tam O’ Shanter and Burns himself. There will also be face-painting of Saltires.
Fife Ukelele Orchestra will play, and Jock and piper David will invite everyone to sing Auld Lang Syne to close the event in traditional style.
TOWN SQUARE: 10.30 A.M.-1.30 P.M. KHS PIPE BAND; RESONATE DRUMMING GROUP; CUTTING EDGE CEILIDH BAND; JOCK FERGUSON RECITES BURNS; HAGGIS CAKE.
MERCAT SHOPPING CENTRE: 11.3O A.M.-3.00 P.M. CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOPS WITH JAMES ANNANDALE; FACE PAINTING; FIFE UKELELE ORCHESTRA; PIPER AND JOCK FERGUSON SINGSONG.