Tributes to the Bard across Carrick

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Once again, St Cuthbert’s Primary held its annual Burns Supper in Maybole Town Hall.

It was a great evening of entertainments and the chairmen were Reece Mitchell and Jorja Macnab.

Ian Fisher, a pupil from Carrick Academy, kindly piped in the top table and the haggis was carried in by Zoe Campbell and Alex Sallens and addressed by Greg Lawrie.

Cole Struthers recited the Selkirk Grace and PJ McQuillan proposed the Immortal Memory.

The Toast to the Lassies was jointly proposed by Finlay Wright and Ben McLaughlin and the Reply from the Lassies was from Dani Struthers and Millie Hannah.

Winners of the Burns competition at school performed their poems or songs on the night:

P.2 winner- Cole Gillespie- Where’s Katie’s Moose?; P.3 winner- Alexandra McCreadie-The coming of the wee malkies; P.4 winner ( who wrote her own poem) - Quinn Struthers-Ma Faimly; P.5 winner (who also wrote his own poem) Adam Collins- The wee black beastie; P.6 winner- Reece Mitchell-Up in the morning early; P.7 had joint winners- Dani Struthers- Ye banks and braes, and Ben McLaughlin-Scots wha hae.

The children also performed class poems- P 1, 2&3- Ye cannae shove your granny aff a bus; P4&5- The highland baloo; P 6&7- Address to the toothache.

P 4-7 also performed The ode to janitor Mckay at the end of the show which was narrated by Hector Laidlaw and Emma-Leigh Hughes. Janitor McKay was played by Quinn Struthers who sportingly took a cream cake in the face in the name of entertainment and had the place in stitches!

Mrs Rooney, head teacher, thanked all those who had organised the evening (Mrs Hamilton, Mrs Harper Titchener and Mrs Reid), the caterers and all those who had come out to support the pupils. The night finished with everyone on their feet singing a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

A Celebration of Burns was held in The Carrick Centre, Maybole on Friday 7th February. This was organised by the local fundraising committee, with the expert help of Andrea Hutchison who supervises events in the Centre, and was a joint venture of Maybole Parish Church and the Centre.

Elizabeth McCrindle, on behalf of the committee, welcomed the company.

The haggis was piped in by Andrew Fulton and addressed with gusto by Jim Stevens.

After the Selkirk Grace by Alan McFarlane, the packed hall enjoyed a traditional meal prepared by Robert Barr and staff and served by Centre volunteers.

Alan Murray compered the next part of the evening and this included a talk by Alan himself entitled “A wee bit about Burns”.

This was followed by entertainment with a difference from Jim Stevens, the accomplished accordion playing of Murray Patrick, the nimble-footed dancing of Rebecca and Monica and rousing piping from Andrew.

There was a highly successful raffle and the bar was provided by Optex.

In a comprehensive vote of thanks, Alan Hutchison thanked all those who had contributed to such an enjoyable evening.

Barr and District Burns Club also held its annual Burns supper in the Community Hall at Barr.




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