Cel­e­bra­tion time for the na­tional bard

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane - Murray Spooner

Kirkhill Bowl­ing Club cel­e­brated the life of the na­tional bard ear­lier this month as they sat down to toast him at their Burns Sup­per.

Eighty-two guests at­tended the club’s an­nual gath­er­ing to en­joy the works of Robert Burns on Jan­uary 14.

The evening be­gan with the tra­di­tional in­tro­duc­tion of the top ta­ble and ad­dress to the hag­gis, with piper Dave Young lead­ing in the hag­gis bearer Jack Leonard and Kenny Wil­son.

Bridgeton Burns club mem­ber Kenny did his usual fan­tas­tic job by or­gan­is­ing speak­ers, the band, the pro­grammes and menus, as well as mak­ing sure things ran smoothly on the night.

A fine four-course meal, sup­plied by Cam­bus­lang caterer Wil­lie MacAl­lum, was well re­ceived by all and Ron­nie Wil­son, Kirkhill’s greens and build­ing con­vener, or­gan­ised the ta­ble set­tings and the tick­ets. Sam Maxwell was ap­plauded for a sim­i­lar job or­gan­is­ing bar re­fresh­ments.

The speak­ers were de­scribed by club pres­i­dent John O’Brien as im­mense and he went on to com­pli­ment Ian Glen­nie for de­liv­er­ing a great ren­di­tion of Im­mor­tal Mem­ory.

Andy McMil­lan was a rev­e­la­tion by de­liv­er­ing his Toast to the Lassies and was well matched by Kay Firth in her re­ply. The fi­nal pre­sen­ta­tion was a fault­less recita­tion of Tam o’Shanter by lo­cal man Bill An­der­son.

The band, Hair O the Dug, were su­perb, mix­ing gen­tle love songs with rous­ing com­mu­nity singing.

Bill Bell gave an­other hu­mor­ous and pre­cise vote of thanks be­fore the last song, Auld Lang Syne, closed a great night at Kirkhill Bowl­ing Club.

In tune Hair O the Dug were a hit on the night

Po­ems Kay Firth replies for the Lassies

Burns Sup­per Andy Mcmil­lan gives a Toast to the Lassies

To the Bard Ian Glen­nie de­liv­ered a fine Im­mor­tal Mem­ory

Speaker Bill An­der­son re­cites Tam o’ Shanter

Club pres­i­dent John O’Brien says grace

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