Celebrating Burns

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Banchory Rotary President Edwina Keown welcomed a record breaking company of 111 Rotarians and guests at the club’s annual Burns Supper, in the Burnett Arms on Wednesday last.

The company enjoyed a tasty supper of traditional Burns fare before the raffle was drawn and an engraved marble plaque, donated by Rotarian Ranald Rennie was auctioned for £130.

It was then down to the main business of the evening when TV and Radio presenter Jim McColl MBE, presented an erudite and accomplished Immortal Memory.

Amusing and stylistic Toasts were delivered by Rotarian Ken Lennox, and his spouse Mary Lennox. Louis Beddie then took to the floor to give a superb recitation of the epic Tam O’ Shanter.

The audience also enjoyed a selection of Burns songs interspersed between the speakers and sung by Brian and Phyllis Bartlett, accompanied by Rita McLean.

In his vote of thanks, President-Elect Ryan Bond thanked the speakers, Entertainments Convener George Sinclair and all who had helped. as he said: “To provide a feast of fun and entertainment which I believe has celebrated Burns in a very real sense.”