Around 40 Royal British Legion members and guests celebrated Burn’s Night at El Nuevo
Valle, Hondón de los Frailes, in grand style. Tony, the Piper did the event proud and got
everyone in the Scottish spirit, with some members even trying out their (bad) Scottish
The MC for the evening Ronnie Mannell, outlined the life of Scotland’s National Poet –
Robert Burns and the diners then celebrated in a way that Burns would have approved of;
eating, drinking, music, piping and poetry – and of course lots of chatting. The haggis was
piped in by Tony, which we toasted with a “ wee dram “ of whiskey, before tucking into
Neeps and Tatties, steak pie, and finally topping off the meal with Tipsy Laird Trifle.
There followed a number poems and the evening will also be remembered for Neil Pavitt’s
poem “There’s a Moose Loose about the Hooooose”. The evening ended with a rendition of
one of Burn’s famous songs Auld Lang Syne and fitting tribute to a great evening.
The Branch meets on the third Tuesday of each month and welcomes any guests who would
like to come along. Further information is available on the website: or by emailing: