Burns' Night, a chance to celebrate all things Scottish for those of us who are and those who aren't, tartan, sporrans, haggis and lots of whiskey. The competition was on for best dressed Scotsman (or of Scottish heritage) with tartan troosers the dress of the day, but the prize for best dressed had to go to Gordon Maclean, who also had the honour of delivering the slainte.
With the admiration of all things tartan over it was time to get down to the serious business of the haggis. Regaled by the piper, it was duly addressed and dispatched to the kitchen for serving. After haggis followed an excellent meal including a deconstructed hot toddy- thanks again to the chefs, great food as ever.
A Collection of Comments
"A first class Dinner, with witty and well researched speeches and starring Steve Jones who finished off another wonderfully energetic performance as Master of Ceremonies with a very moving song. This was a really great Club evening."
"Clive Page gave the Toast to the Lassies and was grateful for the introduction from the MC, who kindly asked the Lassies to refrain from throwing bread rolls during the toast... he thought René let him off lightly with her Response from the Lassies."
"Clive's Toast to the Lassies was very amusing, fruity and funny without being rude or unkind and René's response was written entirely in verse!"
"The highlight for me was the Address to the Lassies and the Response to the Laddies. It was a close run contest but I think René pipped Mr Page in the bout."
"After coffee there was the traditional Scottish dancing, with Mel Titmus calling the instructions. Very energetic and a certain amount of confusion on the dance floor but very good fun all the same."
"And we didn't go home! It was such a lovely atmosphere that we just sat around and talked... I think it was the best Burn's Night celebration we have ever held..."
CONTRIBUTORS - Duncan Kay, Clive Page, Anne Heasley, Dan Churchward & Annie Reid