Coronation Day Centre was hosted their Burns Supper on Saturday the 16th January.

Upwards of 80 people came along for an evening of fine food, good fun and great company.

Mrs Mairi McRobert, as chairperson of the centre, opened the night with a warm welcome to all the guests and to the invited speakers who had come along on such a cold wet night.

Mr Murray Irving as Master of Ceremonies started off ‘The Blethering’ after his tales he gave the Selkirk Grace which was the cue to serve a fine bowl of Scotch Broth after which The Grand Haggis of Legends was then piped in by Mr Harrison Gibb. Everyone stood to clap as the haggis did a round of the hall before being ceremoniously laid before Mr Ronnie Irving who addressed it in a wondrous fashion he was so full of vigour and got a fine round of applause for his effort. After a boozy Scotch Whisky Trifle, cheese, biscuits, shortbread, teas and coffees, Mr Douglas McClure accompanied by Mrs Jane Sloan on the keyboard sang There Was A Lad. This then led into the Immortal Memory most ably given by Mr Alec Ross who informed the company of Rabbie Burns’ fame, or maybe infamy, throughout the world.

The Toast to the Lassies was given by Mr Douglas McClure who praised the lassies, with humour, in a way that would have made Rabbie himself blush! Mrs Jane Sloan most kindly accepted and gave a reply aptly befitting of the toast just given. The camaraderie between them was excellent.

Mr McClure gave a rendition of Tam o’Shanter which closed The Blethering to make way for the entertainment. Mrs Dorothy Affleck gave the vote of thanks then Mr Alan Patterson and Mrs Jane Sloan led the dancing on accordion and keyboard.

The evening ended after the joined company all sang along to For Auld Lang Syne.


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