It's Ladies Night at Coldstream Burns Club

COLDSTREAM Burns Club held its annual Ladies Night Supper last Saturday in the British Legion Club, and as usual it was extremely well attended by an appreciative audience who enjoyed an excellent meal and an evening of first class entertainment.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 9:44 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 9:45 am

The club is once again indebted to Jim and Sheila Cockburn and the British Legion volunteers, without whom an evening of such quality would not be possible.

With Rob Smith chairing the evening for the umpteenth time, in his own inimitable style, things got off to a rollicking start as Les Turnbull addressed the haggis setting the tone for the rest of the night.

The Turnbull family were well to the fore with Pat and Scott, Les's wife and son providing musical entertainment during the evening. Pat blew a mean penny whistle while Scott accompanied her on guitar then just to show the depth of his musical talent young Scott switched to solo piano before playing the same instrument in duet with his mother. A talented family indeed.

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There was no shortage of musicianship on view with the two Kennys, Brodie and Hilsley, treating the audience to their interpretation of four Scots songs backed by guitar playing of the highest quality. This duo are now firm favourites with the Coldstream audience and rightly so.

Add the Mummatones – Lizzie Bell, Tamzin Davidson and Anna Emmons to the mix and the musical feast was complete. These three young mums, hence the name, have 13 children between them but still find time to perfect singing as a trio. The exquisite harmonies of their unaccompanied voices was a joy to listen to and the company expressed loud appreciation.

With Pipe Major Rob Bell on top form and Ken Pritchard providing the best of piano accompaniment a great evening was assured.

The principal guest for the evening was John Haining from Paisley, a past president of the Robert Burns World Federation. Before retiring he reached the rank of Superintendent in the Glasgow City Police so not only was he a Burns aficionado but he also had a few amusing tales to tell about his days in the force. The result was an authoritative toast to the Immortal Memory laced with down-to-earth humour which drew loud applause.

The toast to the Lasses was delivered by club member Mike Osinski who had clearly put a great deal of effort into his amusing and insightful speech. His wife Roslyn gave the reply on behalf of the lasses.

Claiming that she was a bundle of nerves she proceeded to speak for her sex with relaxed assurance, in a highly entertaining and amusing manner. Being a Dunfermline lass originally, her toast was laced with pauchy Fife humour and received a deserved ovation.

Unusually, there was only one recitation during the evening but it was one worth waiting for. Ronnie Fleming from Kelso delivered the perennial 'Tam o'Shanter' with such style that many in the audience agreed it was the best they'd heard for some considerable time.

The evening drew to a close with Rev Jim Watson giving the vote of thanks to chairman Rob Smith for another excellent evening's work followed by the assembled company joining the artistes in the traditional singing of 'Auld Lang Syne'.