Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Mem­bers and friends of the Burns Howff Club as­sem­bled in the Globe Inn for their tra­di­tional Hal­lowe’en Sup­per.

They were wel­comed by pres­i­dent Colin Gib­son whose first task was to firmly ban­ish any ghosts or vam­pires thought to be abroad on that date.

Guest speaker Jim Brown, from New Cum­nock, re­galed the com­pany with a witty and in­for­ma­tive talk on the ori­gins and cus­toms of All Hal­low’s Eve, the an­cient celtic fes­ti­val of Samhuinn which had pa­gan roots and fea­tured the wor­ship of the dead un­til it was Chris­tianised by the early church which in­tro­duced the prac­tice of light­ing can­dles on the graves of the dead.

Hal­lowe’en gave rise to the Amer­i­can cus­tom of trick-or-treat by chil­dren on Oc­to­ber 31 and the Scot­tish equiv­a­lent of guis­ing, when young­sters would visit house in dis­guise and re­ceive fruit or small gifts in re­turn for a song or recita­tion, well de­scribed by Robert Burns in his epic poem Hal­lowe’en.

Mr Brown, a for­mer sec­re­tary of New Cum­nock Burns Club and noted author­ity on the poet, was thanked by the pres­i­dent and ac­cepted an in­scribed tankard.

Con­tribut­ing to a stel­lar en­ter­tain­ment pro­gramme was Leonard Brown on the ac­cor­dion with an eclec­tic se­lec­tion. He brought the house down with hith­erto un­sus­pected hu­mour and fin­ished to thun­der­ous ap­plause.

Also ap­pear­ing was past-pres­i­dent David Miller with a droll recita­tion of Holy Wil­lie’s Prayer, com­plete with Ayr­shire’s Jim Brown in full flow at the Howff club’s Hal­lowe’en Sup­per

can­dle and goonie, while past-pres­i­dent John Caskie put his rich tenor voice to use with songs old and new.

Award-win­ning Burns’ re­citer Bobby Jess demon­strated his prow­ess with a per­for­mance of the Ad­dress to the Deil,

the poet’s satir­i­cal farewell to Auld Nick.

A com­pre­hen­sive vote of thanks by ju­nior vice-pres­i­dent Rab Walker, fol­lowed by a rau­cous ren­di­tion of Auld Lang Syne, brought a par­tic­u­larly en­joy­able evening to an end.


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