The Rotary Club celebrated the Bard’s birthday in memorable style at last week’s Burns evening in the Buccleuch Hotel.
President Scott Elliot welcomed a large turnout of members, wives and friends to the event, which started off with the haggis piped in by Howard Walker and borne aloft by Phil Coltman, mine host. The address was given in robust fashion by Gus Neilson, after which Jock Thorburn gave the Selkirk Grace.
After a meal of the appropriate fayre Bobby Cairns took over as MC. The singers were of the highest quality, comprising Pat Sutherland, Joyce Tinlin and Michael Aitken performing Burns’ well-loved songs. The pianist was the accomplished Rosalyn Walker.
The Immortal Memory, in the excellent hands of Norman Turnbull, was succinct, laced with humour and thoroughly enjoyable, and the obligatory Tam o’ Shanter was performed from the top drawer by Michael Aitken.
President Scott Elliot gave the vote of thanks. A special bottle of whisky donated by the Langholm club president was raffled and the popular winner was Joyce Tinlin.