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John delivers 'the immortal memory'

Bill McCall checking his lines before 'Toast to the Lassies'

Dorothy Paterson listens to Bill deliver the 'Toast'.

Marion Mather prepares for 'Duncan Gray', and Star of Rabbie Burns'.

Burns Night Supper -  26 January 2018

Story by Agnes Ovenstone

Gordon MacDonald welcomes everyone

Our evening began with a warm welcome by Gordon MacDonald our Master of Ceremonies.  This was followed by the Selkirk Grace given by our minister Rev John Urquhart.

The haggis, carried by Mark Wells, was piped in by Vic Ramage.  After addressing the haggis Gordon then asked everyone to raise their glasses in a toast to the haggis. Vic then piped it out.

Preparing for the feast of haggis
We then had our meal of haggis, neeps and tatties followed by trifle and biscuits and cheese with tea or coffee.

The entertainment then began with David Hogg singing “My love is like a red red rose” to a tune he had written himself. He was accompanied by Eileen Marchant on the piano.

Next came John who gave us the Immortal Memory during which he pointed out Robert Burns relationship with the Church. Marion Mather then entertained us with the Burns song “Duncan Gray” accompanied by Eileen.

This  was followed by Christine Jackson reciting “To a Mouse” which was very brave as she and mice do not get on.

A very amusing and amazingly complimentary Toast to the Lasses was given by Bill McCall.  He was certainly trying to keep on the women’s side.

David Hogg was then back with “A rosebud by my early walk” accompanied by Eileen.

Dorothy Paterson then followed with the Reply for the lasses.  She said she couldn’t believe how much Bill had praised the lasses then she said it dawned on her that Helen (Bill’s wife) must have written his speech.  He denies this of course.

The next item will go down in history and no one will ever forget the Battle of Bannockburn again.  Heading back to 1314 Ian Dickson and Bill Webster were two “sodjers” talking on the battlefield while waiting for King Robert the Bruce to give his address. 

They spoke about how they were going to be beaten by the English as they had a far bigger army.  After  the king, played by Gordon MacDonald, arrived and gave his address “Scots wha hae” they were all behind him and raring to go. A hilarious sketch.

Marion followed this with the Star of Rabbie Burns.

Agnes Ovenstone then read a poem written in 1992 but in the style of Robert Burns about how mankind is spoiling the earth which is still happening today.

The evening closed with the vote of thanks and Auld Lang Syne.

It was a great evening enjoyed by everyone and raised £555 for Church funds.

Published 29 January  2018
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