History will once again be made in the Royal and Ancient Burgh when the Town Arms’ Great Selkirk Haggis Hunt takes place on the National Bard’s birthday.
Never before has this illustrious outing to The Hill been staged on January 25 – the date on which, in 1759, the shining star that was Robert Burns was born.
This great poet, renowned across the globe, produced some great works – but surely none greater than his Address to the Haggis .
The lines from this piece of poetic wonder raised the humble Scottish Haggis to the glorious height of Chieftain o’ the Puddin’ Race.
And Sunday’s date has not been lost on the high-powered but secretive band of brothers at the Town Arms who organise the hunt – nor indeed the Hill Haggis.
Deputy Assistant Chief Haggis Hunter Davie Scott proudly and with passion told The Wee Paper: “It is not very often that the Bard’s birthday falls on a Sunday, so we just could not miss this fantastic opportunity. There were lumps in our throats when we realised that we, the Men of Arms, could add to Selkirk’s illustrious history and, at the same time, honour the bard.
“But our scouting parties have reported the Haggis have also been tipped-off about the importance of the date and have gone to ground, aware that the number of hunters will be larger than usual on Sunday.”
Chieftain o’ the Hill, Commander Beachy Grieve told us: “They think they are wily and devious , but we know the men, women and children of Selkirk and the Borderland are more of a match for them.”
Hunters should gather in the Market Place at 11.02am for a stirrup cup – juice for the youngsters – before being led off by a piper. There’s a stop at the Argus Centre for the dancing of the Haggis Polka to music by Riddell Fiddles. The wearing of tartan is encouraged and baggie nets are the preferred weapons.
Certificates will be issued to the hunters in the Town Arms on return from The Hill.