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Ewan McGregor salutes haggis at Burns bash

January 25, 2006
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While haggis, a traditional delicacy comprising a stuffed sheep's stomach, may not be to everyone's taste, there's no denying its central role in traditional Scottish culture. Indeed movie heart-throb Ewan McGregor, who originally hails from the Highland town of Crieff, was clearly thrilled at being the man chosen to offer it a personal address.

The hunky actor donned a kilt and Prince Charlie jacket when he took on the role of master of ceremonies at a dinner to mark Burns Night in London. With a copy of the national poet's writings in one hand and a sharp knife in the other, the Moulin Rouge star offered the Address To A Haggis as a roll-call of his showbiz friends looked on.

"Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, great chieftain o' the puddin-race!" recited the 34-year-old. His efforts were well received by guests at the St Martin's Lane event, who also included Glasgow girl Sharleen Spiteri. The Texas singer added a little gothic glamour to proceedings in a floor-length black satin creation complemented by a black shawl.

And the celebrations weren't limited to Scottish stars, as Aussie songbird Natalie Imbruglia was likewise in attendance, along with Lady Helen Taylor and Emmerdale's Patsy Kensit. Publisher Alasdhair Willis also made a rare public appearance when he rolled up to the bash with his more ubiquitous wife Stella McCartney.

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Ewan cuts a dashing figure as he takes centre stage at the Burns Night celebrations. The Scottish actor, who originally hails from Crieff in Perthshire, offered the traditional Address To A Haggis on Wednesday nightPhoto: © Rexy
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Stella McCartney was accompanied by her husband Alasdhair Willis, who normally avoids such high-profile eventsPhoto: © Empics

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