A fantastic night of Burns

David Anderson.
David Anderson.

Maybole’s celebrations to mark the 500th anniversary of being created a burgh got off to a great start with a Burns Supper held in the Town Hall recently.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran, John Duncan, and South Ayrshire’s Provost Helen Moonie joined over a hundred others for an excellent evening of recitations, songs and toasts.

The haggis is piped into the hall

The haggis is piped into the hall

Master of Ceremonies was Alistair Hastings who welcomed everyone and kept the programme running smoothly in his own humorous and entertaining manner.

The haggis, carried by Robert Green, was piped in by Paul Gray and addressed by Tony Barton; and Margaret Davidson said the Selkirk Grace.

After the meal, the Toast to the Queen was proposed by Alistair Hastings and the Immortal Memory of Scotland’s National Bard was toasted by John Shirkie PM Lodge St. James (Kilwinning) Tarbolton 135, The Lodge of Robert Burns. The Toast to the Lassies is a traditional Burns Night ritual and Cameron Bell was tactful, very funny and proposed his toast in a highly amusing manner with a very perceptive insight into the female species. Jean Hillhouse’s Reply to the Toast to the Lassies was brilliant and highly amusing using song and verse as well and delivered with grace, charm and wit.

Highly entertaining recitations, pipe tunes and songs were provided by Maybole Pipe Band, David Anderson, Paul Gray, Jim Stevens, Cochrane Gourlay, Robin “Gus” Geddes and a brilliant version of Tam o’ Shanter by Robert Green.

Gus Geddes had his audience in stitches with his recitations

Gus Geddes had his audience in stitches with his recitations