Burns is honoured in Coldstream

Top Table officials and invited speakers.'Front Row : Rob Smith, Chairman, Graham Birse (The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns) Fred Mitchell, Vice-Chairman, Back row: Rev David Taverner, John Elliot, Secretary, Derek Campbell ( A toast to the toun) and Harry Brydon (A toast to the lasses)
Top Table officials and invited speakers.'Front Row : Rob Smith, Chairman, Graham Birse (The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns) Fred Mitchell, Vice-Chairman, Back row: Rev David Taverner, John Elliot, Secretary, Derek Campbell ( A toast to the toun) and Harry Brydon (A toast to the lasses)

On Saturday night, Coldstream Burns Club held its 127th Burns Supper in the Royal British Legion clubrooms.

The food and service were of the usual high standard and Sonia Martin and her staff were highly complimented. Chairman Rob Smith was conducting his 20th dinner as chairman and he made a grand job of it.

The Rev Taverner gave the ‘Selkirk Grace’, Piper Rob Bell piped in the haggis, David Douglas carried it in and Derek Balmbro confidently gave the haggis its final blessing. After the Loyal Toast to the Queen and the Toast to the Armed Forces, secretary John Elliot gave the secretary’s report and toasted ‘Burns Club the World O’er’. Committee man Andy Ferguson was congratulated on his 65th year as a member of the club. Absent friends George Moscrop and the Rev Gordon Tams were paid respects.

The Immortal Memory was expertly, without notes, conducted by Graham Birse, director of the Edinburgh Institute of Leadership and Management Practice, and it was very enjoyable and informative.

The Toast to the Toun was in the very capable hands of the 1979 Coldstreamer, Derek Campbell, who explained his childhood, and continuing, love of Coldstream and the people in it. Harry Brydon’s Toast to the Lasses’ was equally enjoyable with several droll quips adding to the fun.

The delivery of recitations were first class: Ronnie Fleming did ‘To a Mouse’ in enjoyable fashion while Iain Buick never ‘dropped a stitch’ in his ‘Tam O’ Shanter and picked on Ian Guthrie and Murray Henderson, to the amusement of the audience.

The musical entertainment was in the hands of the experienced Ken Brodie, Kenny Hilsley and Ken Pritchard and they were as usual, brilliant! The gathering should be praised in the highest order for the respect given to speakers, reciters and singers/musicians.

Secretary John Elliot presented Rob Smith with a quaich to mark his 20 years as chairman; Rob is standing down as chairman and received a standing ovation by the gathering.

The Ladies Night is on Saturday, February 7, in the Royal British Legion. Tickets are £15 each.