A full house at the Carron Restaurant enjoyed the latest Burns Supper held by the Stonehaven (Fatherland) Burns Club. A typically off-the-wall but well crafted performance by new President Iain McFadden ensured that the night certainly “Drave on wi’ sangs and clatter” but held good to its scheduled timing, a difficult task which “Skirlie” duly carried out perfectly.
The night started with the haggis carried by “hauder” James McAllan (marking a remarkable thirty five years in this role) and piped in by Gibby McNaught. Following the traditional drams, David MacDonald addressed the beastie with drama and flashing knife before Pamela McFadden elegantly delivered the Selkirk Grace. The company then settled down to an absolutely stunning meal.
The Immortal Memory from Ann Fawbert, past president of the Greenock (Mother) Burns Club was followed by various speeches, amongst which “The Lasses” by Stonehaven’s immediate past president Andy Hall, the “Reply” from Laurencekirk’s own Marion Robson and “Scotland Yet” from Aberdeen playwright Mike Gibb, will dwell particularly fondly in the mind. Highly irreverent and often hilarious recitations by Jimmy Law of the Poosie Nancy Burns Club showed very clever wit and the guests were thanked in rhyme by treasurer Russell Adams. Local musician Gibby McNaught ably entertained with Burns classics which ranged from love ballad to battle cry and the company joined in with three songs, finishing the evening with Auld Lang Syne.