Carnoustie BB honour The Bard

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THE 1ST Carnoustie Company Boys’ Brigade held their fourth annual Burns Supper on Friday evening in the Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms in Carnoustie.

The evening was very well attended with the boys of the Company Section having invited their parents.

Some other supporters of the Company, including former captains, were also present.

The event was organised by Captain Neil Russell and was aimed at giving the boys the opportunity, not only to attend a formal and traditional Burns Supper but also to deliver the key speeches on the night.

Several weeks before the boys had been allocated their specific roles for the evening and had to undertake numerous rehearsals leading up to the night.

The evening started with master of ceremonies, Jamie Scorgie, bringing the gathering to order after which the haggis was piped in by one of the officers, Mr Sandy Burgess, accompanied by side drummer Adam Robertson and tenor drummer Dhugal Patterson. The very important job of carrying the haggis was undertaken by Adam Klepang.

The ‘Selkirk Grace’ was given by Craig Knight after which Andrew Goss delivered the ‘Toast to the Haggis’ which had clearly been well prepared under the tuition of the guest speaker, Mr Peter Black, of Arbroath Burns Club.

The first ‘Irn Bru’ toast of the evening was then enjoyed by all.

After the toast the audience tucked in to a traditional meal cooked and prepared by Mrs Kirsty McDonald.

Afterwards it was on to several of the standard Burns speeches. First up was Gary Townsend who delivered ‘Toast to the Lasses’. This was followed by a toast to the founder of the Boys’ Brigade, Sir William Alexander Smith, given by Calum Duncan.

The ‘Immortal Memory’ was expertly delivered by Mr Black. This was followed up by one of Burns famous poems, ‘To a Louse’ brilliantly narrated by Jack Mullholland. The penultimate speech of the evening was the ‘Reply from the Lasses’ given by one of the boys’ mums, Mrs Alison Duncan. Finally, a comprehensive vote of thanks was proposed by Jack Garrigan.

The evening was interspersed with musical interludes resulting in communal singing of some Scottish songs accompanied on guitar by Andrew Goss and Calum Duncan.

The company extended thanks to the Royal British Legion Scotland Carnoustie Branch for the use of their premises and Mrs McDonald for preparing such a fantastic supper.