Alex Salmond will today briefly put debates about the Scottish independence vote to one side to celebrate Scotland’s most famous cultural export Robert Burns.
The First Minister will attend a performance of 'Tam O’ Shanter' by schoolchildren at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.
Events will take place across Scotland, including the unveiling of a new £25,000 statue of Burns in Alloway, Ayrshire, where he was born 253 years ago.
Suppers to mark the birthday of the Scottish Bard will be held in homes across Scotland. But what is the correct way to host a Burns Night?
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