Virtual dinner goes down a treat for Whiteadder club

Due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, it was a very different annual event for the Whiteadder Burns Club this year.

Thursday, 4th February 2021, 12:34 pm
The top table guests at the Whiteadder Burns Club Supper in 2019. This year, the club had to hold its event virtually on Zoom.

Restrictions aside, the committee took a radical step to achieve its annual commitment to provide members with an evening to celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns, the Scottish Bard.

After communications between members by all roads – email, text, facetime, Skype and Zoom – it was decided the latter platform was the way forward to achieve the club’s objective, and on Monday, February 1, members and guests virtually Zoomed in from Aberdeen to Devon .

Opening this historic supper event, club chairman John Home Robertson from Paxton welcomed all those “looking in” from their homes, that being the 53 open windows shown on screen.

It was with sorrow that John sadly had to intimate the death of the club's Honorary President Walter Robertson (click here).

Formalities then proceeded with a full, but time-restricted programme of entertainment.

The toast list ranged from the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns given by Rob Cockburn of Leitholm to the

Toast to the Lassies, given by Alistair Lindsay of Ayton.

In between the maim speeches was the Address to the Haggis, given by the chairman, the haggis itself being piped in virtually by Pipe Major Andrew Ainslie of Gavinton.

Jimmy Jamieson from Berwick recited the Selkirk Grace.

Ian Buick from Berwick gave his rendition of Tam O Shanter, Murray Henderson did his Willie Wastle, Jimmy Jamieson of Berwick gave us John Barleycorn, Rob Cockburn of Leitholm recited to a mouse, Bob Tait from Duns gave his rendition of the author’s earnest cry and prayer, John Purvis of Eyemouth sang the Star of Robbie Burns and Dixie Scott of Eyemouth provided the musical part of the event with the community songs and a solo performance of Ae Fond Kiss.

The toast to the club was given by past chairman Bob Wortley from his home in Aberdeen and a vote of thanks to the chairman was given by the Whiteadder Burns Club secretary John Gardiner from his home in Berwick-upon-Tweed.