Dailly Jolly Beggars recently held their annual Burns supper and another excellent night was had by all,
The evening was chaired by Neil Gillon. An excellent meal was purveyed by Pat Dempsie and her staff.
Piping in the Haggis was Liam Rogers and carried by Blair Howie and toasting the Haggis was Gordon Kydd with a dram supplied by Neil Mcmillan and his staff from the Central Bar.
Euan McCaskill kicked off the evening with his Selkirk Grace. After the meal the evenings entertainment started with Ian McGregor singing “There was a lad “ accompanied on the piano by Jim Law.
Toasting “The Immortal Memory” this year was John Shirkie from Mauchline giving an excellent memory of Burns’s life whilst doing one of the supper favourites “Tam O` Shanter” was Gordon Kydd who gave one of the best renditions heard at Dailly for many years.
Toasting the lassies was Gavin Barrie from Mauchline and replying was Dailly`s own Rev John Gillies. “Holy Wullies prayer” was recited by Doc Scobie in his usual unique fashion.
My Scotland toast was given by Alistair Hastings telling tales of his life in and out of Scotland, followed by Willie Horne reciting “The twa dugs”.
Winding up the evening, Mathew Scobie gave a vote of thanks to everyone who helped made this evening go so smoothly.
The Jolly Beggars would like to thank Grants Whisky for so kindly sponsoring the top table again this year.
The Beggars would like to take this opportunity to thank the Hadyard Hill fund for sponsoring the supper over the last few years through the community council fund. This previously allowed them to subsidise pensioners tickets and enhance their support of the school “ Burns competition” and also buy Burns literature for the school library .
Unfortunately this year we were not allocated funds for the supper which came as a great disappointment to the pensioners attending supper and to the extended community, However, the Beggars will continue to support the school competition in their own right as they have done for many many years bringing local heritage into our schools.