(with thanks to Alistair Deas for the photos)
The Top Table
L to R: Bros Fleming(Guests from Jolly Beggars), Anthony Russell(Peace and the People), Prof David Purdie (Immortal Memory),
Kevin Thompson (President), Henry McLeish (Hon President), David J MacDonald (Vice Pres), Chic Cameron (Toast to the Lasses)
The annual supper was held on Saturday 30th Jan 2010 in the Dundonald Institute. As always tickets were in very high demand and over 110 gents turned out for another great evening of Burns and companionship. The evening, as ever was packed full of Burns, starting at 5:45 and ending at midnight. This of course was a special year as it is the club's 70th anniversary, but then every year is special for Bowhill Peoples Burns Club!
Highlights this year were the Immortal Memory, proposed by Prof David Purdie MD and Tam O Shanter, recited by Past President Wilf Allsop... plus the Twa Dugs and the Jolly Beggars....
Wilf Allsop: Tam O Shanter...superb!
The Toasts this year were performed by:
Prof David Purdie MD
To the Lassies
Peace and the People
Prof David Purdie MD
The Immortal Memory
David gave us a very different and memorable Immortal Memory, which has been commented on very positively by many who attended.
Accompanied by a series of slides and with little or no reference to notes, David delivered a thought provoking address for 37 minutes, leaving people wanting more!
Over the course of the evening 40 items were heard by a very enthusiastic company.
The club excels in having not just the well known works of the Bard but lesser known gems too.
The progamme in its entirety is below.
|Address to the Haggis||Jim Young|
|Selkirk Grace||DJ MacDonald|
|There Was A Lad||Iain Harkins|
|Ae Fond Kiss||Tom Dow|
|Epistle To A Young Friend||Bob Garmory PP|
|Where Helen Lies||Humphrey Evry|
|Holy Willie's Prayer||Frank Sandeman|
|The Blue Eyed Lassie||Bill Dawson|
|Westlin Winds||Ron Fleming|
|Ca The Ewes||DF MacDonald|
|The Twa Dugs||Intro:Wilf, Ceasar:Bob G, Luath:Archie A|
|McPherson's Farewell||DJ MacDonald|
|Death & Dr Hornbrook||Jim Chalmers|
|The Slave's Lament||Alastair Cunningham|
|Lines on meeting Lord Daer||Bob Shepherd|
|Selection From the Band||Michael Philip & Paul Glancy|
|Piping solo||Jock Ritchie|
|Immortal Memory||Prof David Purdie MD FSA Scot|
|A Rosebud by my early Walk||Cameron Goodall|
|Scots Wha Hae||Community|
|My Father was a Farmer||Archie Abercrombie|
|The Bonnie Lass o Ballochmyle||Tom Hopton PP|
|The Lass That Made The Bed For Me||Iain Harkins|
|Tam O Shanter||Wilf Allsop PP|
|A Mans A Man||David Penman|
|Peace and the People||Anthony Russell FHEA|
|Ye Jacobites By Name||Alistair Deas|
|Silver Tassie||Alex Abercrombie PP|
|On a Scotch Bard||David Potter|
|Happy Friendship||Bill Adie|
|O Poortith Cauld||Cammy Goodall|
|Jolly Beggars Cantata (Extract from)||Various|
|Auld Lang Syne: Original Tune||Tom Hopton PP|
|Interval & Raffle|
|Toast To The Lassies||Chic Cameron|
|Green Grow the Rashes-o||Community|
|Parcel o Rogues||Dougie Abercrombie|
|Willie Wastle||DJ MacDonald|
|Carls of Dysart||Alasdair Cunningham|
|Presentation To Speakers||Kevin Thompson - President|
|Vote Of Thanks||DJ MacDonald|
|The Star O Rabbie Burns||Bill Adie|
|Auld Lang Syne: Traditional Tune||Community|
As can be seen there was a great mix of recitations, songs and speeches, all received with much enthusiasm by the company. Once again Michael and Paul provided a superb musical accompaniment and the traditional fare was well served by staff from the 'Tipsy Nipper'. The evening was presided over by new club President Kev Thompson and ended at midnight with the entire company singing Auld Lang Syne for the second time. It was earlier sung to the orginal Burns' tune.
Anthony Russell presented with club tie by President Kev Thompson
Prof Purdie presented with club plate by
President Kev Thompson
Anthony Russell: Peace and the People
Chic Cameron: Toast to the Lasses
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