On the trail of the haggis

Haggis Hunt, Selkirk. 25th January 2015.
Haggis Hunt, Selkirk. 25th January 2015.

There was no place for haggis to hide on Sunday when more than 350 people took part in the Town Arm’s Great Selkirk Haggis Hunt.

Selkirk Hill was once again the happy hunting ground as the event reached its 10th anniversary on the birthday of national bard Robert Burns.

Adults and children gathered in the Market Place at 11.02am for a rousing toast proposed by The Southern’s Bob Burgess, before heading for The Hill behind piper Alan Lindsay.

A halt was made at the Argus Centre where Chief Haggis Hunter Davie Scott supervised the dancing of the Haggis Polka to music supplied by Riddell Fiddles.

Commander of The Hill, Beachy Grieve, welcomed the hunters and explained the variety of puddin’ race chieftains they could expect to encounter, supplied free from the breeding grounds of butchers Lindsay Grieve, J.A. Waters and Sons and Halliwells, as well as supermarket Sainsbury’s.

The hunt was conducted in fine weather, with baggie nets the favoured weapon of the many youngsters who took part.

Following two sweeps of The Hill, some of the haggis was cooked and savoured by the hunters after being addressed by Bob, then it was back to the town where certificates were presented to those who had taken part.

Davie commented: “The weather was very kind to us for this 10th anniversary Great Selkirk Haggis Hunt. The number of people who came along was the largest 
so far and we are really grateful to everybody who contributed to its success.

“The haggis hunt is now firmly established and a careful conservation programme coupled with the continued goodwill of our local breeders will ensure there will be haggis aplenty for next year’s hunt.”