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Tameside College hosts annual ‘Burns Night’
Friday 27th January 2017 @ 10:26 by Adam Higgins
Ashton News

A special celebration took place in the food department of Tameside College this week as students hosted their annual ‘Burns Night’.

Although originally celebrated in Scotland to commemorate the life and works of the great Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns, ‘Burns Nights’ are now organised all over the world as a second Scottish national day to celebrate everything Scottish.

Guests enjoyed their favourite Scottish delicacies which included Cullen skink soup and braised beef cheek with haggis and potatoes as well as a terrific bagpipe performance whilst mains were being served.

John Holden, food and beverage lecturer and Reflections Restaurant manager, said: “We hold a ‘Burns Night’ every year as it’s a fantastic opportunity for the students to try their hands at making traditional Scottish dishes and practising their silver service in a busy restaurant environment.

“The evening was a great success with a full house of happy customers joining in the Scottish themed festivities.”

Sophie Reilly, a level 2 professional cookery student at Tameside College and former Longdendale High School pupil from Mottram, said: “We’ve really enjoyed being a part of Burns Night. It’s an amazing opportunity for us to practise special service and improve our hospitality skillset.

“After I’ve finished college, I want to work my way up to being a restaurant manager like our teacher, John. We’ve learned a lot in preparing for this event.”

For more information on the college’s food and hospitality courses, you can call 0161 908 6789 or visit