St Andrews Burns Club’s 131st anniversary supper in the Scores Hotel last Friday night was yet another memorable event.
Highlight of the evening was a stirring ‘Immortal Memory,’ delivered by David Joy, although there was a tinge of sadness as it was the first supper since the death of the immediate past president, David ‘Doc’ Malcolm, who was in the thoughts of all his friends.
As part of his ‘Immortal Memory,’ David Joy explained that celebrating Burns hasn’t always been easy - at times the bard came to be associated only with drunkenness and bad behaviour.
And he recalled how, in 1957, J.K. Robertson - as editor of the St Andrews Citizen and president of the Burns Club - launched a stout defence of the Bard.
“It makes you think how important it is to maintain the more positive traditions associated with a Burns supper,” Mr Joy said.
“We all, in some way or another, are responsible for what goes on before us.
“J.K. also declared that he deplored strongly the lack of use of the vernacular in Scotland. He stated that there was a danger of the tongue of Burns becoming foreign to the Scots of tomorrow.
“I’m glad to be able to report that at least the primary and senior schools of St Andrews and the East Neuk take this seriously today through the efforts of the St Andrews Burns club.”
Rev Peter Douglas said grace, Norrie Hood addressed the haggis and club president Harry Smith said this year’s loyal toast and proposed the vote of thanks.
The ‘Toast to the Lasses’ was proposed by retired Church of Scotland minister Ian Taylor and Ian Brunton read ‘Speed the Plough.’
The night’s music was provided by Charlie Braid and Gordon Howe with Jamie Gillan, who received the St Andrew’s Day Piper Award, supplying the all important piping.