Coldstream Burns Club introduced its ladie’s night event in the 1960s and it has been going strong ever since.
Last weekend at the ladies night supper in the British Legion Club, the ‘Selkirk Grace’ from Derek Balmbro got proceedings off to an impressive start, followed by the arrival of the haggis carried high by Bobby Hanlon and piped in by Pipe Major Rob Bell.
Principal guest for the evening was Peter Walker from Eyemouth Clachan Burns Club, basing his toast on the word passion and its different meanings.
The lament which followed, played by Pipe Major Rob Bell, was suitably moving and as usual expertly performed.
Ian Buick then delivered a trilogy of Burns’ poems about different types of wives, namely, the ugly one, the pretty one and the nagging one. The toast to “the Lasses” was proposed by the Kenny Hilsley who explained in a highly amusing way what women really mean when they direct certain words and phrases at their menfolk.
The reply “on behalf o’ the Lasses” was proposed by Roz Hilsley, Kenny’s wife, who more than matched her partner in a carefully prepared speech sprinkled with humour on the theme of women’s quest for equality.
The superb musical entertainment was provided by Bobby Hanlon, Pat and Scott Turnbull, the two Kennys (Brodie and Hilsley) and Ken Pritchard and the audience was treated to a master class in reciting Burns’ greatest work ‘Tam o’Shanter’ by Davey Scott from Duns.