The members and guests of Mochrum Burns Club arrived at the Monreith Arms Hotel last Friday in eager anticipation of another fine supper. They were not disappointed.
Chairman Iain McFadzean got the proceedings underway, welcoming a formidable line-up of speakers before asking John Scott to say grace.
Then the skirl of Craig Johnstone’s pipes brought the company to their feet as the Haggis, borne by Kerr Fisher, was brought forward for the address. Russell Gaw, in his usual inimitable manner, laid into the beastie as it was hacked to death with gusto.
After a sumptuous meal, prepared and served by John Kay and staff, the chairman introduced the principal speaker for the evening, Fraser Sanderson, former Director of Education for Dumfries and Galloway and Secretary of Dalbeatie Burns Club. Fraser Delivered an excellent speech, light-hearted and informative, which was enjoyed by the audience.
Mochrum’s own Bard, Stuart McTier, took the floor and entertained the company with A day at the races.
John Bradley and Alan Patterson, with singer Jimmy Coats, then led the company in There was a lad.
The chairman then introduced Charles Service to propose the toast to Auld Scotia. This he did in an amusing manner which was well received.
Next was Robert McTurk from Glenhowl at Dalry, and his recital of the Twa dogs was a pleasure to behold.
The Mochrum Bard was then back on the floor with the Whauphill pill.
Next on the toast list was the lassies and Robbie Duncan from Kilmarnock delivered a hilarious speech poking fun at the fairer sex while exploiting their virtues.
Robert McTurk’s interpretation of Tam O’ Shanter was next before the musicians led the company with Star O Rabbie Burns.
Wallace Parker from Old Hall at Newton Stewart had the unenviable task of proposing the toast to the chairman and artists before a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne brought the curtain down.