2015 – Burns Supper
The Lodge held its Annual Burns Supper in the Lodge Rooms on Thursday 29th January, 2015, which was reasonably well attended by the brethren and their guests.
The evening commenced with the top table guests being piped to their table by Mr Nicholas Donnelly.
The Chairman, Bro. Clive Taulbut RWM, welcomed everyone present and hoped that they would have a very enjoyable evening with the Brethren of 217.
Mr. Robert Macfarlane gave his rendition of “The Selkirk Grace”.
A haggis was piped into the room in the traditional manner. The Haggis-bearer was Mr. Boyd Thomson.
On its arrival it was “addressed” by Mr Jamie Donnelly. We then sat down to enjoy the dinner.
After the Loyal Toast, Mr Jamie Donnelly gave us recitations of “Bruce’s Address before Bannockburn” (Scot’s Wha’ Hae) and “A mans a man for aw that”. Both poems more regularly heard as songs.
The Brethen then enjoyed a song from Mr Boyd Thomson.
The Chairman then introduced Mr Iain White, a Past Master of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning No. XII, who presented his excellent Immortal Memory and toast to the bard. Iain spoke enthusiastically of the Bard, cleverly linking to memories of family holidays and rememberance of WWI. This received the heart applause of all present.
Mr Gordon Leitch then proposed an excellent toast to “Our Guest” Mr Iain White, which received the approbation of all present. Mr White made a suitable short reply.
The 1st part of the evening was brought to a close when Mr Ross Nugent who recited his excellent rendition of “Tam O’Shanter”.
To begin the 2nd part of the evening, the chairman introduced Mr John Malcolm, who proposed a very humorous and entertaining Toast to the Lasses.
John is no stranger to 217, having previously proposed the Immortal Memory.
There followed some communal singing of a number of Burns songs, led by Mr Boyd Thomson, accompanied by Me Ian Penny on keyboards.
Mr. Jamie Donnelly then gave us renditions of “John Barleycorn”.
This was followed by Mr Iain Gordon, gave an equally entertaining and humorous reply in reply to the Toast to the Lasses. Like Iain White and John Malcolm, he is also a well “kent” face to the brethren, having spoken at 217 several times over the years.
Mr Ross Nugent then entered, dressed in nightshirt and entertained us with another excellent rendition of “Holy Willie” which received a standing ovation.
Mr Jim Donnelly, then gave a humorous Toast to the Chairman, which was well received. The Chairman gave a suitable short reply.
Mr Stephen McKenna WJW the proposed a humorous but sincere “Toast to the Artistes and Stewards”. Mr Boyd Thomson made an equally humorous reply to the toast.
The evening drew towards its conclusion when Mr Boyd Thomson led the company in a rousing “Star O Rabbie Burns.”
The evening ended with the company singing “Auld Lang Syne”.
A great evening was had be all.
Special thanks go to Bro. John Falconer PM and his staff for their hard work in the kitchen and to Bro. Gerard Robertson PM for working behind the bar and giving George Hamilton PM a well earned break.