CHIRNSIDE-based Ahlstrom have made a generous donation to the Whiteadder Burns Club to enable them to celebrate their diamond jubilee in style.
When the annual supper is held at the Robin’s Nest, Chirnside on Monday, February 6 each member will receive an engraved whisky glass and a commemorative programme by Ken Taylor.
“We are very grateful to Ahlstrom who wanted to be associated with what will be a special evening for us,” said John Gardiner, club secretary, at a recent committee meeting.
Chairman Peter Walker said it was particularly notable that their function coincides with the date of Queen Elizabeth beginning her reign. She celebrates her diamond jubilee this year.
The loyal toast at the Whiteadder supper will be given by Jim Shields, president of the World Federation of Burns Clubs, which covers countries like Canada, United States, Hong Kong, China, Russia, Ireland and Great Britain.
Toast to the lassies will be proposed by Tim Sewell, to the club by veteran member Walter Robertson, and to the chairman by the vice chairman, John Gardiner.
Ian Buick reported that the popular competition for the Tim Ainslie Trophy will be held at Chirnside School on January 30, when he and Rob Cockburn will judge.
A Burns supper will be held at the school on February 7.