Pupils’ Scottish tribute in honour of Burns

The children 'choking' on hot potatoes while singing 'Tattie soup'.

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A change of clothes transformed a P5 pupil into Rabbie Burns at Southend Primary School’s Scottish afternoon.

The school was packed with visitors for an afternoon of entertainment and refreshments last Thursday in honour of Scotland’s national bard.

Despite there being less than 10 children involved in the production, the school hall was packed.

The pupils, ranging from pre-five to P5, recited Burns poetry, performed songs and even put on a mini pantomime.

George, in P5, sported a tartan shirt as he carried the haggis into the room but later, after a change of clothes, was transformed into the bard himself to give an extensive and humorous immortal memory off by heart.

Another stand-out performance came from P4 Ashley, who seemed destined for the stage during her performance of My Hoggie, while Taylor in P3 not only performed the address to the haggis with no prompts but also displayed her footwork in the sword dance.

The afternoon culminated in a performance of The Three Wee Pigs, a Scottish twist on the classic The Three Little Pigs tale with the added edition of Wee Reid Ridin’ Hood, also known as Little Red Riding Hood.

After a demonstration, the youngsters invited their family, friends and members of the public to join them in dancing the Dashing White Sergeant.

Everybody linked arms and sang Auld Lang Syne to bring the afternoon to a traditional close.