Robert Burns

Burns Supper - Saturday 26 January 2008
in the Masonic Temple, Alexandria.

Our 2008 Burns Supper was held in the Masonic Temple in Alexandria on Saturday evening 27th January.

Robert Burns RoseNormal service was resumed with our chairman Ian Collins, back in the chair after last year's absence through illness. To open the evening Ian welcomed everyone and asked for the traditional minute's silence to remember deceased members.

The Haggis was delivered by Robert Mills accompanied musically by Malcolm Gilmour. Walter Snedden provided an accomplished address to the haggis before the ritual downing of the drams.

Ian Collins said the Selkirk Grace and the assembled company sat down to enjoy another excellent dinner, provided by Venue Catering.

This year's Immortal Memory was presented by Eddie Gaughan in an informed and entertaining way. As part of his Immortal Memory he even sang and played the guitar, which was quite unusual and well received by the audience.

The "Boys from Balfron", Ian Armstrong and John McLaine entertained us in song before Tam o'Shanter. The Tale was presented this year by a newcomer to the scene, David Kinniburgh and an excellent job he made of it. We will no doubt see more of David in Future.

Iain McBain, who can always be relied upon to entertain, provided a humourous toast to John Barleycorn followed once again by Lennie Moore's hilarious sangs and clatter.

After a short interval Malcolm Gilmour kicked of the second half of programme with his selection of rousing pipe music. Eddie Gaughan sang and played guitar again before the reading from Walter Snedden.

Harry Summers offered his amusing Toast to the Lasses followed by more songs from the Boys from Balfron. Bryan Weir thanked everyone appropriately with his "Toast to the Artistes" the before another successful evening was concluded with the traditional singing of "Auld Lang Syne".

Note: We omitted to get any pictures this year so if anyone has any please forward them to us and we'll put them on this page.


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