Fettercairn honours the Bard

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Fettercairn Burns Club once again held a very successful supper to celebrate the Bard’s birthday.

Jim Brown, president of the Fettercairn club , welcomed a capacity audience to the annual event in the village hall.

He was delighted to introduce local youngsters Lauren Trimble, Helena Gibbons-Wood , Kevin Smith , Eoin Middleton , Kenneth Dalgetty and Lucy Wilson , the winners of the Fettercairn Primary School Burns competition, who recited their winning pieces to rapturous applause.

The haggis was then piped in by Jim Petrie of the Mearns Pipe Band and borne majestically to the top table by the veteran haggis carrier, Kirsty Wright, for the sixth year.

Committee member Torquil MacLeod addressed the beast then “dichted his knife and cut it up with ready slicht “ before giving thanks for the unique dish which has put the backbone into the Scots for many centuries.

The food was blessed with the ‘Selkirk Grace’ by the Rev. Catherine Hepburn.

‘The Immortal Memory’ was beautifully delivered by John Thet-Khin who left Burma in his early twenties to settle and work in Scotland and he eventually married Elizabeth ,an Ayrshire lass, and thus began his interest in Burns.

His wonderful address began with superb humour and, slowly, he involved Burns in his observations before analysing and quoting freely from his works.

The Bard’s anthem for freedom and equality, ‘A Man’s a Man For A That,’ was particularly relevant to Mr Htet-Khin’s native Burma where oppression is rife.

Tich Fier set about ‘The Lasses’ with his customary incisive wit and praised them and humbled them in equal measure with anecdotes, poetry and song. The reply from Liz Phillips, Glenbervie, was equally robust with many humorous put downs, racy comments and admiring words about Burns – all delivered in a pleasant , relaxed style.

With ’My Curse upon your venom’d stang,’ Alan Sim launched into the ‘Address to the Toothache’ leaving his audience in no doubt of the Bard’s fear of the affliction.

He also gave the first few verses of ‘Tam O’ Shanter’ as an introduction to the chairman’s short talk on the words “ancient, trusty, drouthy, cronie” which he regarded as an unbeatable description of two long-standing drinking pals.

Next year’s supper will be held on February 1.