‘We might be in one of the remotest places on Earth, but nothing can stop Scots from celebrating Burns Night’ (Picture: PA)
A haggis has gone on the journey of all journeys to ensure Burns Supper was marked in the most traditional way possible.
The famous Scottish delicacy was transported 10,000 miles aboard the RSS Sir David Attenborough for the biggest celebration of Burns Night ever held in Antarctica.
Around 140 people, including 50 Scots, attended the festivities at the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station on Saturday.
The supper’s chief organiser was meteorologist Mairi Simms, 39, from Pitlochry in Perthshire, who is on her 11th deployment to the Rothera station.
She said: ‘The haggis was shipped over a while ago on RRS Sir David Attenborough. Once we’d defrosted it, we had plenty for 140 guests.
‘We had everything you’d expect from a Burns Supper, including the address to the haggis, the immortal memory, address to the lassies and reply to the laddies, and lots of people reciting poems and singing.
‘There were a few Scottish people who hadn’t been to a Burns Supper before, never mind in Antarctica. The thought really tickles people.
‘But these social events are so important when people are away from all their friends and family for such a long time.’
Mairi Simms and Rob Kerr arranged festivities at the Antarctic site (Picture: PA)
Rob Kerr used the event to boost morale while he was away from his family (Picture: PA)
Rob Kerr, who also works at the site and is from Newton Stewart in Dumfries and Galloway, said: ‘We might be in one of the remotest places on Earth, but nothing can stop Scots from celebrating Burns Night.
‘There are about 50 Scots on site and 140 people here in total. You’d be hard pushed to find a busier Burns Supper.
Mr Kerr is a dad-of-two and, after spending long periods away from his family, found the Burns Supper a suitable way to improve his morale. He added: ‘It’s been strange being away for Christmas and new year.
‘It was a bitter-sweet experience because it’s amazing to get a chance to work in a place like this.
Rothera Research Station is part of the UK Government’s polar infrastructure investment programme and monitors the effects of climate change (Picture: DeAgostini/Getty Images)
‘Events like this are so important because they help break up the long season into wee milestones to look forward to.
‘Rothera has a diverse culture, and it is nice to share these traditions with those who have not experienced it before.
‘I was proud to be wearing my kilt, although I’ll be staying indoors as much as possible as it can be a bit nippy outside.’
Rothera Research Station is part of the UK Government’s polar infrastructure investment programme and monitors the effects of climate change on the region.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said: ‘I’d like to toast Scots celebrating Burns Night across the world, even in Antarctica.
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