The Chairman, Iain McFadzean, got the proceedings underway with his opening remarks extolling the virtues of the top table which was surely one of the finest ever heard at Mochrum.
Jack Fisher said grace before the skirl of Alastair Gaw’s pipes signalled the entrance of the haggis which was carried by Jim Fisher and duly hacked to death with his usual gusto by Russel Gaw. The company then enjoyed a sumptuous meal provided by John Kay and staff. After Jock Strain had proposed the loyal toast, the Chairman invited Finlay Carson, the Scottish Conservative and Unionist for Galloway and west Dumfries, to propose the immortal memory.
In an excellent amusing and informative speach, Finlay outlined Burn’s virtues and was greatly appreciated by the company.
After a brief interval, Jamie Young, led the singing of There was a Lad, before Holy Wullie Fisher himself AKA Wylle McCulloch, entered the room complete with night gown and candle. In an excellent rendition of Holy Wullies’ Prayer two portions of kale and potatoes were served greatly enjoyed by the audience.
Next on the toast list was Stuart Mactier a truly mighty man of Mochrum to propose the toast to Auld Scotia. His opening poem about the weather and Bargrennan with its grey driech drizzle, while at Mochrum the BBQs sizzle, will live long in the memories of the company.
To toast the lassies this year was Colin Ferguson from Ravenston Mains, this he did in Style, poking fun at the foibles and idiosycracies of the fairer sex. The Chairman then recited Tam O Shanter before the company joined in the singing of the Star O Rabbie Burns. Wyllie McCullochs’ Wee kirk Mouse then ran about the floor looking for wee bits of bread and wine before Keith McElrea proposed the toast to mine host, chairman and artists, before an excellent evening ended with the singing of Auld Lang Syne.