The members and guests of the Mochrum Burns Club gathered in the Monreith Arms Hotel, Port William recently for their 45th annual dinner and celebration.
The skirl of Alastair Gaw’s pipes brought the large crowd to their feet as the top table were piped in and Chairman Iain McFadzean got the evening underway with his opening remarks, congratulating the company on such a large turnout, before inviting Douglas McDavid to say grace.
Adrian Paterson arrived shortly afterwards carrying the haggis which was promptly dissected with gusto by Russell Gaw.
After enjoying an excellent meal, prepared and seved by John Kay and staff, the chairman introduced the principal speaker for the evening, Mark Laird to propose the toast, the immortal memory of Robert Burns. Mark had his audience captured with an interesting and informative Immortal Memory.
The company, in fine voice, led by accordianist John Bradley joined in the singing of ‘There was a Lad’ before the chairman invited the ‘Mochrum Bard’, Stuart Mactier, who delivered one of his own poems ‘The Demise O’ The Capital’. This he performed in his own inimitable style and was greatly enjoyed by the audience.
Neale McQuistin was called upon to toast Auld Scotia, in a highly entertaining speech, again had the audience roaring their appriciation.
After a short interval the chairman invited James Wallace to toast the lassies, traditionally the most amusing speach of the eveing, and this was no exception, James was in execellent form, poking fun at the fairer sex before extolling their viirtues in a fantastic speech which was greatly enjoyed and appreciated by the company.
As the night drove on wi’ sangs and clatter, Wyllie McCulloch’s Tam O’ Shanter echoed around the dining room. He held the company in the palm of his hand as he recounted Burn’s famous poem, again, greatly enjoyed by the company.
After, The Star O’ Rabbie Burns, Johnnie McShane proposed the toast to the chairman and artists in an amusing fashion. The chairman then drew the evening to a close with the signing of Auld Lang Syne.