The SNP’s Stonehaven and Mearns branch celebrated the life and work of the poet Robert Burns with a traditional supper last weekend.
The group held theirBurns Supper at the Dickson Hall in Laurencekirk on Saturday, January 17.
Branch convener Iain Emslie and Master of Ceremonies Mike Robson welcomed over 80 local SNP party members, who enjoyed music from piper Andrew Young, a pupil at Mearns Academy and member of the City of Brechin Pipe Band;music from oil worker Bob Black of Laurencekirk and music and song from Nigel Don, SNP MSP for North Angus and Mearns.
Maggie McPhee, a retired headteacher from Laurencekirk, took care of the haggis as the nominated ‘‘haggis carrier’’ while Lorna Bates, owner of Hallymyres Stables in Stonehaven, delivered the Address to the Haggis. Jean Dick, Aberdeenshire SNP Councillor, said grace.
The haggis was followed by a choice of clootie dumpling, or raspberries and cream with shortbread.
David MacDonald, president of the Stonehaven Fatherland Burns Club, delivered the Immortal Memory.
Bringing the evening’s entertainment to a close, event organiser Marion Robson gave a recitation, while Mike Robson led the Toast to the Lasses to which English teacher Ann Lynn MacLeod, from Inverbervie, suitably replied.
The night was wrapped up with a raffle, and the winners of the Irish Bingo, hosted by local Irishman Glen Rankin from Fettercairn, were each presented with bottle of whiskey.
The supper was organised by local branch members.