One of the ways we keep up to date with news happening in Lochgelly is to monitor the Internet using Google Alerts ( which will e-mail you alerts on any chosen keywords and is a free service.

One of the Alerts we received was for an animation video created at a workshop in Lochgelly Centre in 2009 celebrating Robert Burns, 250th Anniversary.

An animation workshop which took place at the Lochgelly Centre, Fife during the Puppet Animation Festival 2009. Workshop delivered by Julia Roberts and narration expertly provided by Anna Darmody of Arts & Theatre’s Trust Fife. I think the children had a great time doing this and achieved lots in a short space of time


Address To A Haggis

Robert BurnsFair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o’ a grace
As lang’s my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o’ need,
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An’ cut you up wi’ ready sleight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin, rich!

Then, horn for horn,
they stretch an’ strive:
Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive,
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve,
Are bent lyke drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
“Bethankit!” ‘hums.

Is there that owre his French ragout
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad mak her spew
Wi’ perfect sconner,
Looks down wi’ sneering, scornfu’ view
On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him ower his trash,
As feckless as a wither’d rash,
His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash,
His nieve a nit;
Thro’ bloody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!

But mark the Rustic, haggis fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread.
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll mak it whissle;
An’ legs an’ arms, an’ heads will sned,
Like taps o’ thrissle.

Ye Pow’rs wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o’ fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer,
Gie her a haggis!

What is Haggis

Haggis is traditionally served with Neeps (Turnip) and Tatties (Potatoes), and is a traditional Scottish meal, which is always served at a traditional Burns Night. Some people are unaware of where Haggis comes from, therefore, Scottish humour being the way it is, we have enjoyed taking a rise out of people by referring to a Wild Haggis as an animal.

Descriptions of the Wild Haggis include:

Wild Haggis

The wild Haggis (plural: Haggi) lives in the highlands of Scotland. It is round, four-legged, fur-covered, and usually less than a foot in length (comparable in size to a grouse). It is a shy creature, rarely seen, and for this reason there is great disagreement about its exact morphology and habits. For instance, many who claim to be Haggis experts say that the legs of the Haggis are longer on one side of its body than the other, in order to allow it to better stand on the steep slopes of the highlands. As a consequence, the haggis can only run around hills in one direction, and to catch one you simply run around the hill in the opposite direction. If true, this morphological feature would make the Haggis a cousin of the American Sidehill Gouger. However, other Haggis observers deny this to be true, insisting that all the legs of the Haggis are of equal length.

To catch a Haggis it is advised to disguise your scent with liberal amounts of whisky, and then adopt a stumbling gait, swerving from side to side, so that the animal won’t see you coming. Many stores in Scotland also sell Haggis Whistles. It is claimed that “in skilled hands this whistle can perfectly mimic the mating call of the Haggis.”


Further Information

To learn more about Robert Burns, get a modern translation for Address To A Haggis please visit:

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One Comment

  1. Maria Reid

    June 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Excellent, enjoyed the animation by the children, especially nice to hear the Scottish Doric. The web-site you listed also gives an English translation. Good work!


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