Robert Burns

Burns Supper - Saturday 28 January 2006
in the Masonic Temple, Alexandria.

The Club's Annual Festival took place in the Masonic Temple, Alexandria when 150 members and guests sat down to an excellent meal provided by Venue Caterers.

Burns club Chairman
Ian Collins our Chairman with Donald Campbell and Eddie Gaughan on his right.

The Supper was chaired over by the Club President Ian Collins, he welcomed everyone in his inimitable manner, then called for a minute's silence to remember deceased members including past president Peter McLaren. He then asked the company to be upstanding to welcome the beastie, which was piped in by Malcolm Gilmourand carried by Robert Mills and addressed by Dr Tom Barlow, who duly cut open the haggis with surgical precisio

The Immortal Memory was given by Club member the Reverend Donald Campbell who reflected upon Burns being an artist whose brush strokes let us all visualise the bard's wide range of talents, including Conviviality and Fun, Mother Nature, the Glory of Scotland's proud history, the Simple Life of the Cotter and how relevant Burns' words are to us today. This most thoughtful Immortal Memory was very well received.

John Barleycorn was toasted by Jim McNiven and the Lasses were given their place by John Doran.

Tom Barlow gave the reading of John Glen 'am unco mornfu tale' about a deceased club member who was the local undertaker.

Tam O' Shanter
Eddie Gaughan delivers his excellent Tam o' Shanter

Eddie Gaughan gave his usual virtuoso performance of TamO'Shanter and a superb compilation of some of the bard's most famous lines.

Mike Taylor brought the evil elder Holy Willie to life.

Songs were provided by John Young and Ian McLean and included, There was a lad, Ca' the Yowes, Ae Fond Kiss, A Man's a Man and a Parcel of Rogues.

Burns Club Entertainers
John Young and Ian McLean entertain the audience in song

A highlight of the Annual Festival is Sangs and Clatter presented by Lennie Moore whose humour had the audience literally rolling in the aisles.

Lennie Moore
The one and only Lenny Moore

The evening concluded with the Toast to the Artistes by Fergus McLellan and everyone then joined in the Star of Rabbie Burns followed by Auld Lang Syne.

(The 2007 Festival will take place on Saturday 27 January).


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