BBC viewers reacted after news anchor Joanna Gosling appeared confused over one of the main ingredients in a traditional Burns Supper.

The presenter was reporting on the haggis being launched into space by Perthshire butcher Simon Howie to mark the January 25 birthday of Scotland's national bard.

During the midday bulletin she told viewers that the Scottish delicacy is traditionally eaten with neeps and tatties, or "parsnips and potatoes, if you don't know".

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One Twitter user said that he hoped Morar-born weather presenter Carol Kirkwood would 'set her right' before the next news bulletin.

Dunning-based firm Simon Howie sent the chieftain o’ the puddin’ race soaring over 20 miles above the Earth on Wednesday last week in tribute to Robert Burns.


The 454g dish initially took to the sky above the firm’s Strathearn HQ before travelling over Stirling, Falkirk, Edinburgh and the Pentland Hills prior to its safe landing in Lauder.

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Butcher Simon explained the launch was carried out using a weather balloon provided by Scottish firm Stratonauts.

And it is hoped the flight – which took two hours and 37 minutes and reached a height of 107,293 feet – will encourage young people to explore science, technology, engineering and maths-related (STEM) subjects and careers.