Bringing the Bard to life for the Lodge

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A good turnout of just over 80 attended the Newgate Bowling Club on Saturday evening for the annual Lodge St Vigean 101’s Burns Supper.

The guests were welcomed by chairman Bro. Maurice Cruickshank PM and the Master of Ceremonies, Bro. Alan Archer PM, called upon Bro. Colin Wilson WJW to say grace before the haggis was carried in by Bro. Doug Masson, ably piped in by James Salmond of the Arbroath Pipe Band. The haggis was addressed by Bro. Stuart Cargill, past master of Lodge 101.

After the delicious meal the guests were entertained by the invited guests. As has become a regular feature of the Lodge 101 Supper, a section of the Arbroath Pipe Band had guests spellbound with a display of their undoubted talents.

Bro. Cargill led the delighted throng through the tale of ‘Tam O’ Shanter’ and also had the guests laughing heartily at Burns’ portrayal of the hideous wife of Willie Wastle in the poem of the same name. Bro. Alan Mowatt of Lodge 40, along with his wife Val, accompanied by Tony Simpson on accordion, enchanted the crowd with the singing of a Burns song each, as well as ‘Ye Banks And Braes’ as a duet with beautiful harmonising.

Bro. John Hayes of Lodge Panmure 299 gave a thoroughly humorous and entertaining Toast to the Lasses which was ably replied to by Mrs Leisa McQuade. Bro. Brian Reid PM gave a vote of thanks to the artists before Bro. Steve Fairweather, WJW of Lodge St Thomas of Aberbrothock, gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the visitors.

PM Cruickshank then gave a final vote of thanks before the company, led by Alan, Val, John and Stuart sang ‘The Star O’ Rabbie Burns’. The rest of the evening was devoted to dancing, the music for which was provided by Mr Scott Learmonth.

A truly excellent night was had by all: “An’ each took aff his several way, resolv’d to meet some ither day.”