Hackney Cyclists Burns Night helps raise £1000 for LCC lorry campaign

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Over 150 cyclists celebrated Burns Night in the far Highlands of Hackney, toasting the works of Scottish bard Robbie Burns, and raising money for LCC's No More Lethal Lorries appeal.
The sell-out event, which has been running since the mid-1990s, was hailed as the most successful ever, raising over £1000 for HGV campaigning and Hackney Cyclists

The event also gathered many more signatures for LCC's petition calling for cycle training for all council lorry drivers.

Wild Scottish dancing, led by the Muckers, helped work off the effects of the traditional dinner of haggis, 'tatties and 'neaps, which were served with chef Adrian's special carrots.

Chas Wilshere of the Pressmen was on hand to capture the evening with some great photos.

30 volunteers from local LCC groups Hackney Cyclists and Tower Hamlets Wheelers prepared and served the food.

The haggis was led in by a piper, presented to the diners, and welcomed with the Burns' poem 'Address to a Haggis'.

Dinner was followed by a call for everyone to sign LCC's No More Lethal Lorries petition (please sign if you haven't). Then more poems and songs set the mood for the dancing to follow.

LCC's Charlie Lloyd said, "After 15 years we still haven't discovered the lost Burns poem 'To a Bicycle' – perhaps someone will dig it out in time for next year's celebrations?"