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2018 Burns Supper

2018 Burns Supper

The 2018 Burns Supper was under new management this year and nerves were fraying as the Preses turned up without any of the stuff needed to organise the tables at 2pm. Upon his return the Managers set to and had the place organised and ready for the caterers to dress the hall in no time at all.

The early kick off always causes a panic in the days running up to the event and it’s always the same question,

“So, it’s 6:30 for 7?”

“No, it’s 5:30 for 6, we have a lot to get through.”

Stephen Vaughan was Chairman this year, his first time chairing this and he had a few eye opening moments. After the Managers had corralled our guests into the main hall our Piper, Michael Kerr, led the top table into the room. The Preses introduced Mr David Blair, Mr Geoff Urie, Rev Stephen Smith and Mr Ian McCosh before Piper Kerr led in the haggis; carried this year by one of our new Managers Mr David Dunlop with Mr Scott Tennant carrying the whisky. Mr Alan Gordon toasted the haggis and the Vice Preses Mr David Blair said grace, the company sat down to a fantastic repast of Cockaleekie soup, haggis and neeps, Steak pie and champit tatties and finishing with cheese and biscuits. Once again our caterers had excelled themselves.

After the Loyal Toast we had a short interval to let the caterers clear the tables before a selection of Burns songs. Andy Hay, our resident soloist was unable to join us this year due to ill health and Mr John Armit had stepped up to the mark. After a brief hiccup between himself and Norrie Currie the musicality of Burns was celebrated in fine style. The Rev Stephen Smith then proposed a funny, poignant and thought provoking Immortal Memory before Alan Gordon donned the guid blue bonnet and regaled us with the cautionary tale of Tam O’Shanter.

After the briefest of intervals Norrie and John led the company in singing The Lass O Ballochmyle before Mr Geoff Urie rose to Toast the Lassies with aplomb. Ian McCosh gave a reading and the company stood to sing our very own crowd pleaser, The Habbies O Kilbarchan. Mr Norman Kerr OBE gave a very well thought out and witty Toast to the Society and after a short break Piper Kerr treated the company to a medley of pipe tunes and Ian McCosh treated us to Holy Willie’s Prayer. After Vice Preses David Blair had given the Vote of Thanks the company rose and sang The Star O Rabbie Burns from chairs and table tops and another General Society Burns Supper drew to a close.

The Preses wants to thank everyone who helped make this a success and to send condolences to the family of John Gardiner who passed away during the night of the 13th. John and Andy Hay set up this Burns Supper 44 years ago, we owe him a huge debt and he will be sadly missed.

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