Speakers line up for Carrick Burns Club supper

Carrick Burns Club, in its 122nd year, is holding its annual Burns Supper in Malin Court Maidens on Saturday 24th January at 6.30pm for 7pm.

Chairman for the evening will be the Rev. Jim Guthrie and the “Immortal Memory” will be proposed by Keith Wallace of Falkirk. Keith is Chief Executive of an Engineering Company and still an active rugby player. He is a past Chairman of Haddington Burns Club and is a well respected Burns speaker. Keith proposed the Toast to the Lassies at Carrick in 2007 and makes a welcome return with the principal toast.

The toast to “The Lassies” will be proposed by former MEP, Struan Stevenson, who has written one book on the Iran/Iraq situation called ‘Self Sacrifice’ which will be published by Birlinn in the Spring.

Originally from Ballantrae Struan has over the years spoken at many Burns Suppers at home and abroad. The “Reply to the Lassies” will be proposed by Struan’s wife Pat Stevenson who served for many years as a senior news editor and who is a well respected journalist and broadcaster, Pat is now a freelance editor with BBC Radio Scotland working mostly on culture and religion out of the Edinburgh studios.

Carrick’s unique toast to “My Scotland” will be proposed by The Rev. Owain Jones formerly of Colmonell and now of Bute. An old friend of the Carrick Club Owain has a busy weekend ahead of him in Carrick as he always chairs the Malin Court Burns Supper the night before the Carrick Supper.

The final toast of the evening to “The Jolly Beggars” will be proposed by John Kerr of Dundonald. A member of Dundonald Burns Club, John is a weel kent Burnsian a real wit and raconteur and he has performed this toast at Carrick on at least two other occasions with hilarious effect on his audience.

Recitations will be delivered by Stuart McKinlay of Ayr and Carrick’s resident singer and accompanist Willie Stewart of Dundonald will be in charge of musical presentations.

As usual for Carrick tickets are at a premium but anyone interested in attending should contact Treasurer Campbell Crawford on 01465 713335 or Secretary Denis W. Reid on 01465 712628.