A great day for two great Scots

Andy Murray continued his recent success by beating Roger Federer to reach his third Australian Open final.

Andy Murray beats the best on Burns NightOlympic Gold Medal winner and US Open champion Andy Murray continued his fabulous success by beating Roger Federer to reach his third Australian Open and sixth Grand Slam final.

The Scot beat Federer, the all time greatest tennis player, 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 over four hours in Melbourne.

Last year Andy beat the Swiss in the Olympic Final at Wimbledon and then beat Novak Djokovic in New York to win his first Grand Slam.

And the win in Melbourne came on Burns’ Night!

Robert BurnsBurns Night commemorates the life the of the bard (poet) Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759, in Alloway in South West Scotland. His most famous piece is Auld Lang Syne.



A haggis on Burns' Night

Burns Night is celebrated in some style in Scotland and around the world.

The evening centers on the entrance of the haggis to the sound of a piper playing bagpipes. When the haggis is on the table, the host reads the “Address to a Haggis”. This is an ode that Robert Burns wrote to the Scottish dish. At the end of the reading, the haggis is ceremonially sliced into two pieces and the meal begins. Usually with a wee dram of the national drink.

Unlike many of his fellow Scots Andy won’t be having a drop of the golden stuff. He’ll be getting ready to win his second Open on Sunday. Maybe he’ll have a drop of our other national drink – Irn Bru.