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Energetic performance lights up Burns Night at Moray school

New Elgin Primary School pupil Jack Granitza gave a lively address to the haggis.
New Elgin Primary School pupil Jack Granitza gave a lively address to the haggis.

A Moray primary school toasted their bard last night at a colourful Burns Supper.

Scotland’s other national drink, Irn Bru, may have filled the glasses instead of whisky, but it did not detract from the lively performances at New Elgin Primary School.

Nearly 100 parents packed into the dinner hall, which had been regaled in tartan for the occasion.

Ryan Johnston, piper at 2622 Highland Squadron, was given a standing ovation as the evening’s dinner was proudly carried behind him on a silver plate.

Jack Granitza got the tributes to the Bard underway with a lively Address to the Haggis. The P6 pupil’s eyes were fixed firmly on the dish as he recited the classic poem while clasping a knife.

It was the dapper youngster’s first taste of a Burns Supper and he relished in the attention.

Jack said: “I’ve been practicing since before the Christmas holidays, so quite a long time.”

His proud mum, Sarah, added: “My uncle has done quite a few addresses, so he was really telling Jack it was all about the performance and the theatrics. He did very well.”

P6 pupil Will Atkinson did the toast to the lassies with classmate Katie Lawrence performing the humorous reply for the laddies.

Students also prepared musical performances on the cello and flute and recited To a Mouse and A Red, Red, Rose.

Teacher Paul Clark said: “The suppers have been happening here for a long time. The children do everything themselves, which is really fantastic.”

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