If any trade should hold a Burns Supper it is the Scottish Corn Trade which draws its members from the whole spectrum of farm trading but predominately the cereals sector. This was their inaugural Burns Supper and they chose the Grassic Gibbon Centre as the venue because it lies in the heart of the Burns Fatherland – so close to Clochnahill where Burns’ father William was born. Some one hundred members and guests attended with visitors from as far afield as Oxford, Belfast and Dublin.
Jim Brown, of WN Lindsay, welcomed the audience and gave them some light hearted insight into Burns Fatherland, Grassic Gibbon and the Centre and thanked them for their vision in bringing an event away from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The support from the local members DM Carnegie, WN Lindsay, John Guthrie and East Coast Viners justified their decision.
The Grace with apposite Burns quotes was beautifully crafted by Finlay Calder, a unique Immortal Memory was delivered by Gordon Withers, the formidable Tam o’ Shanter was recited with gusto and feeling by John Calder whilst the Kinross based legend, Tich Frier, addressed the haggis, toasted the lasses, sang and entertained with wild humour. His wife, Irish born Brenda, replied to “the Lasses” and won the battle of the sexes with the utmost ease in word and song. The young, Bervie piper Thomas Roberts took the haggis and Chef on a tour round the hall.