Carnoustie Boys’ Brigade honour the Bard

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THE 1st Carnoustie Company Boys’ Brigade recently held their third annual Burns Supper in their Maule Street hall.

The event, which caters for up to 70, was sold out and boys with parents and invited guests enjoyed a traditional Burns evening, apart from only Irn Bru and Coca Cola being available for the toasts.

Each year the senior boys in the Company are allocated a speech. Andrew Goss was the Master of Ceremonies and The Selkirk Grace was delivered by Scott Lorimer.

One of the highlights of the night was Andrew MacCallum delivering the ‘Address to the Haggis’ from memory, complete with actions.

As it was a Boys’ Brigade event, Gary Townsend delivered a toast to the Founder of the organisation, Sir William Alexander Smith.

This year’s Immortal Memory was delivered by Alison Smith, a member of the Dundee Ladies’ Speakers Club.

The night was interspersed with communal singing led by Scott Lorimer, Andrew Goss and Andrew MacCallum on their guitars.

The Toast to the Lassies was proposed by Gavin Addison, and the reply was by parent Shirley Lorimer.

The penultimate presentation of the evening was Dhugal Paterson’s ‘Ode to the Toothache’.

Jed Smith proposed a vote of thanks and the night concluded with ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

The evening was organised by Captain Neil Russell.

Several weeks of rehearsals with the boys ensured very professional presentations by the seniors all aged between 15 and 18.

Captain Russell said: “The boys have worked hard to get their speeches polished.

“This sort of thing stands them in good stead for later in life and gives confidence to deliver presentations to large groups as well as learning about Scots history.

“This is what the Boys’ Brigade is all about.”