Burns Supper 2013

The annual Burns Supper was held at 6pm on the 19th January 2013. The weather was particularly bad and it was thought the speakers from Dumfries who were asked by Mr Archibald, Burns Society chairperson who was also Master of Ceremonies, to come along on the night might not make it. Happily they did and proceedings were soon underway

The hall had been decorated in burns memorabilia and a St Andrews flag or two, looking every inch a tribute to The Bard himself.

Our Chairperson Mrs Mairi McRobert did the welcome speech.  The Haggis was piped in by Mr Jamie Thomson.

The address was given in a very demonstrative manner by Mrs Dorothy Affleck and Mr Eric Archibald said the Selkirk Grace.

Dinner was the traditional Scottish fayre, Traditional Scotch Broth; Haggis, Mince, Neeps and Tatties; Individual Scotch Whisky Trifle & Cream, Oatcakes and Cheese followed by tea or coffee with Homemade Shortbread. All expertly made and served by the Day Centre staff.

The speeches were too soon over as they were both entertaining and informative. Mr Ian McIntyre gave the Immortal Memory and Mr Gordon Johnstone gave the Toast to the Lassies Mrs Dorothy Affleck was particularly good with her reply to “the Toast.” It was then up to Mr Alan Patterson and his band to entertain with a variety of tunes which soon had the floor filled.

Thankfully the dancers had a very well stocked, licensed, bar to quench their thirst as the night progressed.

Just a footnote to this entry, the members were entertained at a Burns Lunch in the Day centre on the 25th January. It was a somewhat shorter version though. The haggis was clapped in and Mrs Dorothy Affleck did the address with much gusto, causing quite a gasp as she plunged the knife into “the great chieftain o the pudding race”. Everyone enjoyed their afternoon.

 

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