Saturday, February 1, saw in the 24th Fettercairn Burns Supper in the modern era.
Jim Brown, chairman for the night ,introduced the esteemed top table of speakers and musicians.
Fettercairn Burns night is one of the last in the local area and there was representation from other local Burns clubs including Edzell, Montrose and Stonehaven.
Prior to the commencement of the evening’s more formal events the gathered audience heard several recitations, delivered with great panache, from Fettercairn Primary school pupils and included works from Burns, J.K. Annand and Sheena Blackhall.
Jim Brown then launched the supper with the Selkirk Grace.
For the fifth time in Fettercairn history the haggis was carried by Kirsty Wright, ably supported by her piping brother, Lewis, a member of the Brechin Pipe Band, who piped powerfully through the hall to the top table where Ken Fairweather addressed the haggis with vigour.
The Immortal Memory by Emil Pacholek gave great insight to Burns’ humanity, his inherent understanding of the human condition and other more practical talents.
The “Toast tae the Lasses,” by one of Fettercairn’s well-known visitors, Tich Frier, laced with satirical wit, was no match to the Reply from Debbie Leslie who gave the whole male audience some plain advice and coaching on their numerous frailties and natural weaknesses.
Traditional musical entertainment was provided by Vhari Saville & Co played from the balcony. Tich Frier gave renditions of his own compositions and humour, just from the stage, to the delight of the audience. Jennifer Girdwood from Hillside and her helpers again produced superb Burn’s fare. Auld Lang Syne ended the night.