Bagpipes, haggis, neeps and tatties for a Blackpool Burns Night

Burns Night celebration at Blackpool Cricket Club.  L-R are George Turner, Dave Bell, Philip Mather, Hazel Billington and Mike Green.

Burns Night celebration at Blackpool Cricket Club. L-R are George Turner, Dave Bell, Philip Mather, Hazel Billington and Mike Green.

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A royal performer brought poetry to a Blackpool Burns Night.

Blackpool Cricket Club held its annual Burns Night at its Stanley Park Ground.

Burns Night celebration at Blackpool Cricket Club.  Jane Robinson, George Robinson and Kelly Robinson.

Burns Night celebration at Blackpool Cricket Club. Jane Robinson, George Robinson and Kelly Robinson.

The line-up included North West based lady piper, Janet A Carter and Edinburgh’s Scottish poetry slam champion Miko.

Haggis ‘neeps and tatties were served during the evening with the usual dram of scotch whisky to toast the Haggis. Lester Jefferson, Blackpool Cricket Club’s marketing manager, said: “The club has brought some great local live music with more music and comedy nights planned in the future.

“Tickets to our Burns Night this year were in high demand, having secured leading Scotland’s poet Miko.

“He has appeared in front of the Royal Family and on TV, as well as touring the country with his unique take on poetry. We were really lucky to entice him from his Edinburgh home to top the bill on our night. He certainly added the Burns factor to the night.”

Burns Night celebration at Blackpool Cricket Club. L-R Vernon Lang, Trish Lomax, Paul CLayton and Winnie Forest.

Burns Night celebration at Blackpool Cricket Club. L-R Vernon Lang, Trish Lomax, Paul CLayton and Winnie Forest.

Miko has performed for the BBC, ITV and Glastonbury, with his modern twist on life.

Mr Jefferson said Miko’s performance was a fitting celebration of Scottish poet Robert Burns – describing him as “the Robbie Burns of 2017”.

Burns Night celebration at Blackpool Cricket Club.  L-R are Jo Bracewell, Miko Berry, Steve Stroud and Sarah Stroud.

Burns Night celebration at Blackpool Cricket Club. L-R are Jo Bracewell, Miko Berry, Steve Stroud and Sarah Stroud.

Burns Night celebration at Blackpool Cricket Club.  Pictured clockwise from top left are Howard Bancroft, Miko Berry, Janet Carter, Jennifer Hardman, Steven Kennedy and Sheila Rutter.

Burns Night celebration at Blackpool Cricket Club. Pictured clockwise from top left are Howard Bancroft, Miko Berry, Janet Carter, Jennifer Hardman, Steven Kennedy and Sheila Rutter.