Evening to remember at Burnfoot
CORNET Craig Reid and other members of the Cornet's party certainly felt at 'home by Burnfoot' last Thursday night. Cornet Reid attended the Burnfoot Community Council Common-Riding Night along with his Lass Nicole Baxter and the other members of the 'big eight'.
The official party were led into the primary school hall by members of the Drums and Fifes, as members of the community clapped in appreciative time to their appearance.
As the guests took to their seats, Master of Ceremonies Ex-Cornet Derek Inglis launched the evening's entertainment by inviting the Drums and Fifes to lead members of Primary 6 into the hall.
The bashful youngsters made their way to the stage, before giving a first-class rendition of 'Home by Burnfoot', with headteacher Derek Reid accompanying them on the piano. Other Burnfoot pupils, seated around the hall, felt no sense of hesitation as they gleefully joined in the chorus.
The focus of attention remained on the Primary 6 pupils, as Burnfoot Community Council member Mary Pollock invited Cornet Reid and his Lass to make the draw for this year's Burnfoot Carnival Cornet and Queen. Nyesha Mercer followed by Aaron Hogg were drawn out of the hat and were both sportingly applauded by their other classmates, who were naturally jealous at missing out on the prestigious honour.
The first role of the new Carnival Cornet and Queen was to make presentations to Cornet Reid and his Lass. While Rhianna Halfpenny made a presentation to the Acting Mother Margaret Scott.
Derek Inglis then invited the company to "relax and enjoy yourself". That was guaranteed with the list of entertainers gathered. First to the microphone was Bert Armstrong, followed by Drew Johnston, Joyce Tinlin, Iain Scott and former Burnfoot pupil Keith 'Chugger' Brown, while it was the turn of Margaret Logan to accompany the singers on the piano.
Keith announced how proud he was to return to the school as an entertainer and how he didn't recognise the now extremely modern looking interior of the school.
After the interval and raffle, a surprise presentation was made to Burnfoot couple George and Janet Sutherland. They were presented with gifts from the Cornet and His Lass to mark their 65th wedding anniversary.
The audience were then given a treat as Cornet Reid was joined by right hand man Jamie Turnbull, left hand man Craig Rodgerson and Acting Father Terry Scott to sing 'Border Queen'.
By the time Provost Kenny McCartney brought the evening to a close with a hearty vote of thanks, Burnfoot Community Council had once again given members of the community an evening to remember while also perhaps inspiring a future Cornet from the school.
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