Burns Supper 2016 – a report

On Saturday 16th January the Junior Warden, John Thomson, a Scot through and through, treated us all to a Burns Supper, which will remain in my memory as simply one of the best! We had all of the necessary parts; Haggis, Tatties, Neeps, a Piper, a Singer and of course there was a dram or two of Whisky to be enjoyed.

The Haggis (flown in from Scotland) was piped in by Ken McKinney and was addressed in an (Irish) Scottish accent by the Worshipful Master Jim Lutton. The Selkirk Grace was given by the Chaplain Paul Medhurst in a (London) Scottish accent, but then followed by an English version for those of us from South of the border.

Our speaker for the evening, Tim Wells, toasted the Haggis in due form, and all partook of the wonderful “Chieftain of the Puddin’ race” which was particularly good!

The wonderful Sabine Barth performed several of Burns songs accompanied by Glyn Edmonds on the Guitar. She was simply great!

We were then given the immortal Memory by John Thomson, who sang the praises of the Poet and pointed out that his views (political and other) were as valid today as they were in his own days.

Andy Gardiner went on to present Tam O’ Shanter. Luckily for some of us, he explained the plot, before going on to present it in a (Scottish) Scottish Accent!

Glyn felt quite honoured to be allowed to give the address to the lassies, as he is a mere Lancashire Lad, and tried to help the laddies (men) to understand the Lassies (ladies) a little better. How could he succeed where so many others have failed?

Sabine Lutton, the Worshipful Masters’ Good Lady then gave a wonderfull and witty response!

The evening was concluded with a number of tunes by Ken on the Bagpipes, which he followed up with some songs. Before we all parted we all joined hands and sang Auld Lang Syne.

A vote of thanks also has to go to Germán Ramierez and Euan Dykes who assisted John so ably!

A Brilliant night, as Tim said, it must have been good, every one stayed to the end – and believe me, it was late!!