A SCOTTISH delicacy has been welcomed to Chester in style.
The haggis was piped into Sainsbury’s store in Boughton in time for tonight’s Burn’s Night celebrations.
Shoppers were invited to taste ‘that great chieftain o’ the pudding-race’ by Blackpool’s town crier Barry McQueen, who is also a professional piper and toastmaster.
He said: “They were offering a tot of whisky as well so, as you can imagine, the queue was a mile long.”
There were three types of haggis on offer – the original, a deluxe version and a vegetarian option for those wanting to avoid the traditional sheep intestine.
Despite his tartan attire, Barry actually hails from Stalybridge at the foothills of the Pennines. At the age of 19 he was the first man to join a ladies pipe band in the town.
He was invited by English footballer Michael Owen to be piper and toastmaster at his wedding to Louise Bonsall in 2005. Since then he has piped at Liverpool footballers Steven Gerrard’s wedding to Alex Curran and Jamie Carragher’s marriage to Nicola Hart.