Former Scottish rugby internationalist P.C. Brown gave the Immortal Memory at Duns Burns Club’s 61st Annual Supper last Friday evening.
Club chairman Murray Henderson welcomed the members and guests to the Supper held in the White Swan Hotel. The Haggis was piped in by Pipe Major Andrew Ainslie before the company sat down to a superb meal of traditional Burns fare.
The chairman then introduced rugby great Peter C. Brown, from Dunbar, who entertained with an excellent Immortal Memory.
During his speech he referred to a visit Burns made to Duns in 1787 when he attended the Duns Farmers Club. He went on to explain how Burns is as important to Scotland as a nation as he is to literature. He also revealed that prior to big international rugby matches he used to recite verses of ‘Tam O’Shanter’ to himself to get rid of his nerves.
Bruce Millar gave a very entertaining toast ‘Tae the Lasssies’. He said that women always had the final word - especially in his house as his wife Jenny is a seven times British Judo champion!
The reply was very ably given by Sandra Nisbet who said it was not just women who could multi-task and the fact that Burns had time to father so many children and write so many beautiful poems and songs was proof of this.
Doug Redpath revealed stories of some ‘old worthies’ in his toast ‘Tae the Toon’ while Ian Turnbull, in his own inimitable style, gave the toast ‘Tae the Chairman’.
Some excellent songs and recitations were provided throughout the night by Ronald Drummond, Dixie Scott and Rob Cockburn.