Store brings a taste of Scotland

(from left) Asda selling champion Karen Burns, Kevin Reilly from Houghton le Spring Pipe Band, Councillor Ron Curtis, Mayor of Peterlee (second right) and Asda community champion Karen Bell
(from left) Asda selling champion Karen Burns, Kevin Reilly from Houghton le Spring Pipe Band, Councillor Ron Curtis, Mayor of Peterlee (second right) and Asda community champion Karen Bell

SHOPPERS got to have an authentic taste of the Highlands when a supermarket held its Burns Night celebrations.

The Asda store, in Surtees Road, Peterlee, paid its own tribute to Scottish poet Robert Burns on Saturday.

As well as providing free haggis taster sessions, with a chance to buy haggis with an accompaniment of “neeps and tatties” or swedes and potatoes, there was also music from a piper.

Kevin Reilly from Houghton-le-Spring Pipe Band ‘piped in’ the haggis from the back of the store and he also made a traditional address to the haggis.

Then there was a free haggis-tasting session at the front of the store.

Kevin also played Flower of Scotland and Amazing Grace, as well as requests from shoppers.

Mayor of Peterlee, Councillor Ron Curtis, also joined in the celebrations.

Store bosses said a large number of Scottish people who have made East Durham their home really enjoyed the event.

Karen Bell, the store’s Community Champion, said: “Lots of customers were over the moon that we were doing it.

“And a lot of Scottish people said they felt right at home.

“This is the third year we have organised a Burns Night celebration.

“We sold out of haggis and we also sold neeps and tatties to go with it.”
Staff also got in the spirit by dressing in traditional tartan, including the appropriately named Karen Burns, the store’s selling champion.

Karen Bell added: “A big thank you to colleagues and customers for taking part, and also to the piper, Kevin, as well.”