Laurencekirk Burns Supper

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Laurencekirk Burns Appreciation Group held their annual Burn Supper in Mearns Academy on Saturday past to which Bob Black, chairman for the night, welcomed a large audience for the annual celebration in memory of Robert Burns.

The haggis was piped in by Ruairidh MacAlister and addressed by Gordon Stewart in the usual manner.

A superb meal was then provided and served by Mearns Academy kitchen staff and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Alan Taylor, a traditional ballad singer from Alford, then entertained the company with some hilarious and humorous songs before the Rev John Anderson gave the main toast “The Immortal Memory” with various quotations from the works of Robert Burns to which he provided his own thoughts on how Burns would have penned todays dangerous crossing of the A90 Laurencekirk / Montrose junction in his time of need. To this he received a thunderous applause.

The Toast to ‘The Lasses’ was proposed by Grant McIntosh to which he referred to various celebratory sportsmen and the support given to them by their wives and partners. The reply was given by his cousin Anna Robson, a local lass and entrepreneur, revealing her various humorous encounters with the male species. Alan Taylor ended the evening with another hilarious ballad and song with Ruairidh MacAlister on the bagpipes and Bob Black on the accordion for ‘Auld Lang Syne.’ Peter Reilly proposed thanks to the chairman and Alastair Reid and his committee for organising the event.