The Masonic Arms in Gatehouse of Fleet welcomed a sell out audience to the first Burns Supper held in their newly refurbished dining area last night, Friday, February 8th 2019.
The top table were led in by piper Euan Donald, then the crowd were welcomed by Chairman for the evening Willie McMillan who introduced the speakers for the night, then gave the Selkirk Grace.
Euan then piped in the Haggis which was carried in by Head Chef and co-owner of the Masonic Arms, Jimmy Harvey. The Toast to the Haggis was given by Susan Muir from the Haugh of Urr. Everyone then ate a wonderful 3 course scottish themed feast, that included the locally produced Haggis.
The evening then continued with the Immortal Memory read by Graham Bell, a local vet from nearby town Castle Douglas. Ian Petrie from Newton Stewart then went on to give his very humourus Toast to the Lassies, which was replied to by Kirkinner School teacher Leona Wallace. Susan Muir also gave a recitation of Willie Wastle and piper Euan Donald entertained everyone with several pieces of pipe music.
Joint owners of the Masonic Arms, a 234 year old coaching Inn, Sofia Perez Liano, Jimmy Harvey and Richard Gidney would like to thank all the speakers and Euan the piper for making it such an unforgetable event for everyone. Richard Gidney Said “We are all extremely pleased with how the evening went and are looking forward to next year’s Burns supper already.”