Saturday, 31 January saw us raising a glass to toast Robert Burns at our annual Burns Supper. Although unable to meet in person, we gathered on Zoom; the bottles were suitably kilted, the raffle tickets were at the ready as we gathered together for an evening full of fun, laughter, music and all things Scottish.
The Chair, Derek Hiscocks, took control of the evening and we joined in the Selkirk Grace prior to Marcus White piping Ian Caldwell to the table carrying the “beastie”. As always, Ian gave the address to the haggis with enthusiasm and zeal – then we raised a glass together for the toast “slainte mhath!” before the haggis was piped out.
We tested our brains with famous Scots, a picture tour of Scotland and 10 tunes hidden within a medley, played by Kirsty; this was followed by the famous Burns’ piece, “To a mouse”, read by Carole. Kirsty had us all singing along (whilst on mute!) to various Scottish tunes and we all scratched our heads over the picture quiz – “Whose knees are these?”!
There was laughter and confusion as we tried to pinpoint on the map those Scottish places we have heard of so often, but are unsure of where they actually are. An origami challenge proved slightly harder than anticipated – however the majority ended up with a Scottie dog.
The raffle was well supported, there was a great many sighs as Peter won the Dundee cake which had been home-baked by Margaret – many were hoping to provide it with a home! Thanks to Richard for leading the Loyal Toast and another sing-along-a-Kirsty, before Derek encouraged us to raise our glasses “tae oor Guests” and absent friends, followed by the toast of thanks.
The evening was rounded off, with hands clasped, with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne. It was different to our usual Burns Supper; however, a great time was had by all and thanks to all who supported and helped along the way; it was a highlight of a very dark January – thank you for joining us and see you again next year!