President Mike Robson welcomed Laurencekirk Rotary members to their Annual Celebration of the Bard as pupils from Fettercairn had some Burns Recital Winners.
The haggis was piped in by local young piper Andrew Young and was addressed with great flair and originality by David Johnston with many humorous additions involving local landmarks and rotary members.
It was appropriate that the “Immortal Memory“ was proposed by a local farmer, Peter Myles, whose family are immersed in Burns. Peter took the members through the history of Scotland from the present day, back to Burns’ time through the conversation of “twa lournie wifies“ – all very humorously done with quick transvestite changes of an alluring red wig and a woolly bunnet.
This set the scene for Burns Supper rookie, Alan McNaughton, to Toast the Lasses and risk their wrath by comparing them to a dog who, unlike a husband, can go missing for days and always be welcome home! Sandra Bartram, in the Reply, refused to sink to such canine comparisons, but did humorously compare the multi-tasking females to the poor inept males and wisely ended with many compliments.
Douglas Lamb gave the company the Selkirk Grace and later recited “To a Mouse “ and discussed the significance of Burns reflective words “the best-laid schemes o’ mice and men, gang aft agley” He then read the “Mouse’s Reply” - a couthie poem supposedly from the dislodged “ wee beastie” revealing his grateful mousely thoughts .
President Mike brought a highly entertaining evening to a close with a vote of thanks to the Crown Hotel, the entertainers and Ed Murray for organising the event and then led them in “Auld Lang Syne “