Barr Burns Club Supper

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The Community Hall, Barr, was the venue for the celebration of the Barr and District Burns Club’s 61st annual supper.

Chairman Robert Sykes extended a warm welcome to the packed hall of gathered Cronies before Gordon Clark in fine style addressed the haggis, which was piped in by Major Hamish Denholm.

Kenny Scobie was delegated to deliver the Selkirk Grace before a fine traditional meal prepared by Liz and Neil Gillan was very efficiently served to the company.

The toast of the Immortal Memory was in the hands of Dr J Anderson who communicated his understanding and perception of Robert Burns in acrostic manner. Along the way Dr Anderson used quotations and his observations to good effect in his address.

Jamie Houston performed a superb rendition of Tam O’ Shanter which brought a standing ovation. Jamie later performed a further poetic offering. This was a very special item on the programme this year.

Ian Shaw proposed the toast to the Lassies in fine style with wit, empathy and a true understanding of the male-female relationship particularly from his own aspect.

Mr Donald Reid responded and his humour had his audience hooked in support of the Lassies.

Tommy Louden, a Kilmarnock round tabler, proposed an honest Auld Scotia using his connection with the rural countryside as an inspiration. David Park thanked Tommy using his usual mixture of jokes and the occasional serious statement.

Throughout the evening Barr regular Tam Wightman was in grand voice in both solo singing and in leading the community singing, both accompanied by keyboard maestro Andy Jones.

Barr regular George Campbell proposed his unique style of vote of thanks.

In thanking the chairman, host, hostesses and artistes he ensured each contribution was properly accorded thanks for the part it had played in the 2012 Barr and District Burns Club Supper.