Hundreds of participants are gearing up to take part in a giant Burns Supper in Aberdeen this week.
The event, hosted by city company Granite PR to celebrate its tenth birthday, is set to be one of the largest of its kind in the area. The evening, managed by Business Plus Scotland, will also raise money for Flying Start, the global charity partnership between British Airways and Comic Relief.
The Granite Burns Supper will take place on Thursday, January 25th at the city’s DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops and over 400 participants have already signed up to take part in what organisers hope will become an annual event.
The evening has won the support of a range of North East-based businesses, including Baxters and Caber Coffee whose Managing Director Findlay Leask said: “We’re delighted to support this giant Burns Supper organised by Granite PR.
“When Brett first told us of the idea we were immediately on board. Congratulations to ten years of Granite PR, fingers crossed for a successful event and a huge thank you to Brett and his team for their sterling service!”
Baxters Food Group Communications Manager Fiona Lindsay added: “There is no better time to celebrate Scotland than Burns Night and we are looking forward to playing our part. Baxters’ soups will be served up and enjoyed at Burns suppers across the country next week.
“We really hope people will get behind this extra special event to ensure its place in the record books.”
Phyllis Stuart, British Airways manager at Aberdeen, said: “We’re delighted to be working with our local partners on such an exciting event for the city.
“As well as providing a fantastic night of entertainment celebrating Scotland’s Bard, the Granite Burns Supper will help raise funds for a number of charities, including British Airways’ charity partner, Comic Relief.
“Our seven British Airways Flying Start balls in Aberdeen have raised more than £140,000 for Comic Relief, and I’m sure that guests at the Granite City Burns Supper will continue to donate generously to the worthwhile causes supported by this event.”
Granite PR Founder/MD and event creator Brett Jackson added: “The main driver is to provide a forum for cultural, social and business networking which also celebrates our national bard – and raises money for a good cause all at the same time.”
The Granite Burns Supper will run from 6.30pm until 11pm and will feature a three-course meal, an indoor Scottish market and networking opportunities. In addition will be traditional music from Bridge the Gap and The Davidson Brothers, plus dancing from Banchory’s Coutts School of Highland Dancing.