The Friends of Malin Court gathered on Friday 23rd January at Malin Court, Maidens to celebrate their 19th Annual Burns Supper.
Superb traditional fayre was provided by the kitchen staff under the supervision of Head Chef Iain Costine, and extremely well served by the team led by Restaurant Manager Natalie Rodger.
Chairman for the evening Rev. Owain Jones set the mood for the supper with his ready wit and wonderful ability to provide the ideal ambience for all the speakers to entertain and enlighten the audience.
It is a tradition of the Friends of Malin Burns Supper to encourage youth participation and Sam Shearlaw, a primary seven pupil at Maidens Primary School, was given a spontaneous standing ovation for his superb performance of ‘Address to the Haggis’ reflecting great credit on his parents and school.
Ralph Riddiough used all his knowledge of the poet’s work and background to propose the ‘Immortal Memory’. This provided great insight into the times and the fantastic legacy of literature and history left to Scotland and much further afield by Rabbie Burns.
Keir McAllister, comedian and broadcaster, also drew on his professional experience in delivering his humorous ‘Toast to the Lassies’ in the knowledge that his wife Jay, under her professional name of Lafferty, was ready to make him pay for any perceived slurs on the Lassies’ reputation.
Jay drew on happenings in her past life and comedic knowledge to display an equally ready wit and to more than ensure that the honour of the Lassies was not only defended but was indeed greatly increased.
Wendy-Anne Duncan’s singing was quite masterly, her songs captivating the company, while Andrew Nicol brilliantly played piano throughout the evening, his musical skill enhancing all vocal contributions. Ian McGregor led the community singing and Bryce McCulloch performed the piping duties.
The Vote of Thanks was proposed by David Jack and the evening closed in traditional manner with the company singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’.