40 years of haudin’ the haggis for Jim

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Stonehaven Fatherland Burns Club held another very successful Burns supper in the Stonehaven Hotel on Wednesday, January 20.

In addition to the main speakers the club had two World Federation Junior Champions singing and reciting at the event.

Rory McIver who was the 2015 champion gave a soulful and delightful version of Ca’ the Yowes to the Knowes and Kirsty Duncan, the 2014 champion gave a masterful rendition of the poem The Braw woo’er.

It was easy to see why these two young people were crowned champions and those present were enthralled by their performances.

Tim Southam gave the Loyal Toast and Pam McFadden said the Selkirk Grace. The haggis was piped in by Ian McFadden and acting as hauder for the 40th time in a row was Jim McAllan.

This milestone was duly marked with a presentation to Jim. Another youngster Donald Watt presented.

The Ode To The Haggis with some skill and substance.

There is no doubt that, from the performances of the young people tonight, Burns legacy is in very good hands.

Helena Anderson Wright then gave us The Immortal Memory.

A mixture of songs, visual aids and poetry all interspersed with beautiful fiddle playing by her accompanist Elizbeth Naik.

The talk focussed on the Enlightment and Burns North East connection and was warmly received by those present.

Scott Begbie gave a spirited speech in his Toast to the Lassies, ably countered by Louise Moir, Rector at Mackie Academy who was participating in her first Burns supper and handling it admirably.

Garry Brindley was a visual delight as he spoke on Scotland Yet with a hilarious mixture of pictures and anecdotes which brought the house down.

Peter and Jean Webster, as always added their delightful and classy singing to the proceedings, performing several Burns songs , individually and together throughout.