Night of verse and song honours Burns

Markinch Burns Club held their annual Burns night supper at the Balbirnie House Hotel. Pic by Walter Neilson
Markinch Burns Club held their annual Burns night supper at the Balbirnie House Hotel. Pic by Walter Neilson
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Balbirnie House Hotel was the venue for Markinch Burns Club annual supper night, celebrating the 255th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth.

Upon arrival at the venue, guests were greeted by Piper Craig McNicol, who also piped in the haggis, which was carried by Debbie Cassells as Poosie Nancy.

Kay Morrison, as president, welcomed and introduced guests and performers, with a host of well researched and witty resumés.

The Rev. Ian Gordon delivered ‘The Selkirk Grace’, whilst principal speaker was John Gilfillan, whom speaking without notes took his listeners on a historical, literary and biographical journey, brightly coloured with quotes in prose, verse and song.

He talked of the bard’s humour, originality, humanitarian views, and love of the incongruous, saying: “Rabbie would have been a modern day self analyst.”

John’s admiration for Robert Burns was palpable and rightly earned a standing ovation.

As the evening progressed ‘The Toast to the Lasses’, proposed by David Thomson, was delivered at a rapid pace. His humorous comments were responded to enthusiastically, having also given a flawless ‘Address to the Haggis’ at the start of proceedings.

Bobby Robertson delivered the performance of ‘Tam O’ Shanter’, one of Burns’ most famous poems. Past president Bobby also delivered the toast to the president and a series of well observed votes of thanks.

Entertainment was provided by singer Katherine Skene who performed a quartet of Burns’ melodies; ‘Jamie’, ‘Ca’ The Yowes’, ‘O Whistle & I’ll Come Tae Ye’ My Lad’ and lastly, ‘Comin’ thro’ The Rye’.