Premier to deliver ‘Immortal memory’

John DeMings
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Board of trade’s annual dinner Jan. 25 at Cornwallis Park

Premier Stephen McNeil gets a chance to celebrate the region's Scottish heritage Jan. 25 when he will be guest speaker at the Burns Dinner organized by the Digby Area Board of Trade.

Premier Stephen McNeil will be guest speaker in January at the Burns Dinner organized by the Digby Area Board of Trade.

McNeil, who is also MLA for Annapolis, will be the first sitting premier invited by the board to deliver ‘the Immortal Memory’, an account of the life of Robbie Burns, Scotland’s national bard.

Held on the anniversary of Burns’ Jan. 25 birth in 1759, the celebrations were originally started by some of his close friends a few years after his death. Burns Night is now celebrated across the world each year.

Burns’ life and works are commemorated with songs, recitals and tributes, and a hearty feast, including haggis, is enjoyed at a traditional Burns Supper.

Previous notable speakers at the annual dinner at Cornwallis Park include former premiers Rodney MacDonald and John Buchanan, as well as Ivan Court, then mayor of Saint John, and Kenny MacAskill, justice minister of Scotland.

This year’s dinner is also providing funding support to Digby Ground Search and Rescue.

The Digby Area Board of Trade, which sent a trade mission to Scotland in 2006, began the annual dinners the following year as a reminder of ties to ‘Old Scotland’.

In Digby, tickets for the Burns Dinner are available at Ellis Motors, Growth Opportunities on Water Street, and The Digby Courier.

Organizations: Digby Area Board of Trade

Geographic location: Scotland, Cornwallis Park, Annapolis Saint John Digby Water Street

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