Selkirk Burns Club Hold 59th Supper

The Selkirk Burns Club held their 59th Annual Burns Supper in the Selkirk Arms, Kirkcudbright, on Friday Night.

Chairman George Whan welcomed  70 cronies and guests  to an evening of convivial company of which the Bard himself would  have enjoyed. The Rev. David Gourlay proposed the Selkirk Grace.

Stuart Currie was welcomed as the new Club piper and he piped the haggis in which was carried by Norman Richardson. The haggis was addressed by club member Joe Osborne for the first time. The Rev. Graham Finch toasted the town of Kirkcudbright in a very entertaining and informative way, highlighting his love for the town.

Colin Gibson, President of Thornhill Burns Club proposed the Immortal Memory  and had the audience spellbound with his quick wit and observations on the Bards life. Lyall Eccles, a newcomer to the Burns scene proposed agriculture, comparing farming in Burns time with that of today.

Club member Geoff Dean toasted the Lasses, drawing on his personal experience of Scots lasses as a native of Birmingham. Andy Campbell, MBE, had the audience spellbound with his animated version of the epic poem, Tam O’Shanter.

The artistes all received standing ovations for their contributions to one of the most successful suppers in years.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Ian Swan. Musical accompanist was Iain Smith. Chairman Whan intimated to the assembled company that next year is the 60th anniversary of the formation of the club and plans are well advanced for the celebration.

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