Rotarians’ Burns Supper success

Rotary entertainments convenor Bill Burr and his team put together an excellent Banchory Rotary Burns Supper last week.

A total of 93 Rotarians, partners and guests attended the event in The Burnett Arms Hotel

The evening, chaired by president Ryan Bond, got off to a rousing start with a traditional grace delivered by Ayrshire man Jim Dempsie, followed by the piping in of the haggis by Mike Findlay, which was duly addressed by Ian Hendry.

During the interval a granite plaque, handcrafted by Rotarian Ranald Rennie, was auctioned for charity, and after vigorous bidding, reached an excellent price.

The programme then commenced with a memorable Immortal Memory, given by former Banchory Primary School headteacher, Karl Revel, which was followed by a song selection from Linda Clark.

The audience then enjoyed a fiddle selection, by mother and daughter musicians, Heather and Eilidh Anderson, accompanied by the Hon. Rotarian Margaret Smith.

The Toast to the Lasses and the reply were given by husband and wife team George and Dorothy Sinclair, with Dorothy giving as good as she got from George’s witty and wily toast.

Next on the programme was a first-class recitation of the classic Burns Supper favourite, Tam O’Shanter, by Vera Herd, whose presentation was given with great clarity and style.

A final song selection was provided by Linda Clark and the programme ended with another fiddle selection by Heather and Eilidh Anderson.

President-elect Alistair Thomson paid tribute to the organising committee, the hotel and the speakers and artists for what had been an excellent evening of fellowship enjoyed in true Burnsian fashion.