VILLAGES across the district will be celebrating the birthday of one of Scotland’s greatest poets by embracing a night of Scottish traditions.

Robert Burns’ birthday on January 25 is marked every year with Burns Night Suppers.

The famous poet and lyricist, born in 1759 in Ayrshire, and sometimes known as the Ploughman Poet, is widely recognised as Scotland’s national poet and his work is celebrated worldwide.

Village halls and pubs across Tynedale will be filled with haggis, neeps and tatties, whisky and dancing this weekend.

Places putting on their own celebrations include the Boatside Inn at Warden, with the night in support RNLI.

A Burns Night Supper and ceilidh will also be held at the Parish Hall in Riding Mill from 7pm, with a two course meal on offer – although guests will need to bring their own drinks and dancing shoes.

Residents of Redesdale can enjoy a celebration at Kirkwhelpington Memorial Hall, with the supper in aid of St Bartholomew’s Church in the village.

The evening will feature all the traditional hallmarks of a Burns Night supper, with the piping of the haggis, and the Selkirk Grace all set to take place.

The Dipton Mill Inn in Hexhamshire’s Burns Night Supper will take place on Sunday, and also feature a piper and a haggis address.

The Lord Crewe Arms at Blanchland will also host a Burns Night Supper, with the event taking place on Friday, January 24 from 7pm. The night will again feature a piper and a recital of Burns’ poetry, before patrons are treated to a three-course meal and a dram of whisky.