A night to remember the Bard

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Words and pictures by Hugh Boag

More than 60 Burns enthusiasts enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining night at the Lamlash Burns Club annual supper last Friday in the golf club.

The main speaker for the evening who gave the Immortal Memory was former prison governor, and fine after dinner speaker, Robbie Glen, who has addressed Burns suppers all over the world. And he entertained the gathering with some amusing tales from his time spent at, among others, Barlinnie and Dungavel prisons before moving on to recount the life and work of the Bard.

The evening began with the traditional Selkirk Grace delivered, with a couple of extra verses of his own, by Douglas Auld. The haggis was piped in by Ross Kerr and, keeping it in the family, his dad Graham delivered the address to the haggis.

Chairman Gordon Kinniburgh kept the proceedings moving along well in his own inimitable style – probably as well it was a male-only gathering! Later Willie Robertson found himself ‘stitched up’ to deliver his Toast to the lassies, but he did so with humour and aplomb.

There was singing during the evening by Peter Wilson and Archie Nicol and the company and recitations by Jock Kelso and Tony van Breugel who delivered an excellent rendition of Death and Dr Hornbook. Allan Nicol also gave a fine telling of Tam o’ Shanter.

Rory Cowan delivered the Toast to Lamlash Burns Club with Colin Currie making the reply. The evening was rounded off by a piping medley by Ross Kerr and the company singing Auld Lang Syne.


Ross Kerr pipes in the haggis. 01_B05lamlash01

Graham Kerr cuts into the haggis during his address. 01_B05lamlash02

Peter Wilson performs a Burns song. 01_B05lamlash03

Robbie Glen delivers the Immortal Memory. 01_B05lamlash04

The gathering enjoys Robbie Glen’s address. 01_B05lamlash05

Tony van Breugel with his prop to delivered Death and Dr Hornbook. 01_B05lamlash06

Chairman Gordon Kinniburgh keeps proceedings in order. 01_B05lamlash07

Willie Robertson gives his Toast to the lassies. 01_B05lamlash08

A recitiation by Jock Kelso under the Lamlash Burns Club banner. 01_B05lamlash09

Allan Nicol recites Tam o’ Shanter. 01_B05lamlash10