Burns Club celebrates its 113th year

CARRICK Burns Club will celebrate its 113th year at the Annual Burns Supper in Malin Court Hotel, Maidens on Saturday, January 21.

Mr Willie Young formerly of Girvan and a well-known Glasgow lawyer will propose the 'Immortal Memory' this year. Willie has recently retired from his post as one of Scotland's best known and respected football referees and has been of considerable support to Carrick over the years having proposed most of the other toasts on the programme. An extremely humorous speaker, members are eagerly looking forward to Willie proposing the principal toast.

'The Lassies' will this year be proposed by former Girvan North minister the Reverend Joe Kavanagh and the Club are delighted that Joe's wife Mary will reply on behalf of the lassies. Joe and Mary, who now living in Glasgow, will be welcomed back by their many friends in Carrick.

Carrick is also pleased to welcome a former Chairman of Bridgeton Burns Club in Glasgow, Mr Ian Macpherson to present the special Carrick toast to 'My Scotland'. Ian is a respected Burnsian and will bring considerable experience and expertise to the task.

The toast to 'The Jolly Beggars' will be proposed by Mr Gordon S McKinlay of Ayr. Gordon's mother, the late Marjorie McKinlay, was a renowned name in Burns circles and Gordon has followed in her footsteps. A weel kent thespian and entertainer in Ayr and further a field Gordon is well qualified for his task.

Music and song will once again be provided by Mr Willie Stewart of Dundonald and recitations by Mr David Hunter and Ms Scarlett Alexander of Girvan.