Now that’s what I call a haggis!

Students Jordan Burton, Matt Starr & Amy-Louise Hoggan launch the Big Haggis/Burns event.
Students Jordan Burton, Matt Starr & Amy-Louise Hoggan launch the Big Haggis/Burns event.

A GREAT puddin’ is going to be out and about in Kirkcaldy this Saturday to help publicise a family day celebrating the poetry of Robert Burns.

Affectionately nicknamed ‘Tubbie’, the six-foot paper mache creation is promoting ‘The Big Haggis’ – and the public are invited to meet him in the High Street this Saturday from around noon, when he will be joined by characters from Burn’s favourite poem, Tom O’Shanter.

Fun event

The organisers are inviting people to take pictures with Tubbie, and then upload them to the Fife Free Press facebook site so everyone can see them.

As a wee incentive, we’ve got four copies of a DVD ‘Robert Burns, The Man And His Legend’ – featuring The Big haggis host, Kirkcaldy-based actor Jock Ferguson, as Burns – to give away to the people submitting the best photos. And some of the photos could feature in next week’s Fife Free Press.

It’s all a bit of fun to promote The Big Haggis event itself, on Saturday, January 26.

Organised by Herald Events, and backed by Kirkcaldy4All. The Big Haggis will start at the Town Square at 10.00 a.m. to coincide with the Farmers’ Market.

On stage will be actors and musicians delivering traditional versions of Burns’ poetry and songs.

There will also be a large venison haggis – a real one this time – with free portions being handed out, and a selection of whiskies to try courtesy of the event’s sponsors.

Witches & warlocks

At 1.00 p.m., the action moves to the High Street, for a performance of Tam O’Shanter, featuring witches, warlocks and Auld Nick.

Jock said: “We’d love people to come down and see us in the High Street this Saturday to get their photos taken with Tubbie, and hopefully we’ll see everyone again the following Saturday for The Big Haggis itself.

“It’s a family occasion, pitched at those who appreciate Scottish culture, high and low alike.

‘‘It’s a chance to have a bit of fun, it’s something free, and hopefully we’ll put a few smiles on people’s faces.”