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Harburn Village Hall - Burns Club 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




HARBURN SUPPER 2019



 


 

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A (VERY) motley, enthusiastic, but never raucous, company assembled at the Hall to Celebrate the 260th Birth of our Bard under the baton of Chairman extraordinaire David. Again a feature of the evening was the number of first time attendees, new to the Community.

The Ceremonial Preliminaries were executed flawlessly as George Duncan first bore the Haggis for slaughter at the hands of Wull Kirk, and then bore the Dumpling for the more tender ministrations of Lorna Maclaughlan. On both occasions he was escorted by our (new) Piper, Corporal Joey Davies of the SCOTS Regiment. The Selkirk Grace was then effortlessly proffered by the newest resident to the 'Row', Jim MacDonald

The traditional Bill O' Fare of Haggis, Bashit Neeps and Champit Tatties; Cheese & Oatcakes; Tea, Coffee and Dumpling was expertly prepared by Bobby Grindlay and efficiently served by his team of table staff.

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The Principal Address, a thoughtful Immortal Memory, from Alastair Orr (Coalheughead)was very well received. During the course of this he compared the worth of Burns's contributions to that of great Scottish contemporaries of the enlightenment, Alan Ramsay, Adam Smith et al. An emotional lament was then delivered by our Piper.

Poetry was served up in twa helpings; the first course from Duncan Collin (aided / assisted / augmented by his wife Margaret). 'To A Louse, on seeing one on a Lady's Bonnet at Church',complete with Bonnet and (a very large) Louse was delivered effortlessly with great humour and the actions of the (animated) Louse on Margaret's Bonnet were memorable.
The second helping, 'Tam O'Shanter', was delivered by ( to quote Chairman David) "The Burnsmaster -- Wull Kirk". If he has performed this poem well in the past (and he has) then tonight's performance was the best ever. Every phrase, every nuance, every emotion was expertly delivered by Wull , and was thoroughly deserving of the standing ovation he received.(For those who missed the performance Guy has recorded it and it is available by clicking here).

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Musicality was delivered in three very varied servings by Cairnpapple (aka Joe, Richard and John); Adhoc & Chips (aka Terry and John) and by Ian McArthur (aka Ian McArthur). Cairnpapple got the pulses racing with Killiekrankie and A Man's A Man; whilst Terry and John entertained expertly with tunes on the Mandolin and Bodrhan; before Ian brought the curtain down with rousing renditions of Burns works before closing with the WW1 commemorative song 'Willie McBride'.

Toasts too were in plentiful supply. Our resident Frenchman, Bruce Lelievre graced us with a gentle, complimentary, playfully mocking, 'Toast Tae The Lasses', in which he highlighted the Lasses many fine qualities, whilst referring (indirectly) to some of the more difficult to comprehend aspects of femininity. Bruce was aware that the Reply was to come from "She Who Must Be Obeyed" and was therefore watching his Ps & Qs. He needn't have bothered!!! 

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Joan's response was expertly delivered with forensic precision. With ease she dissected him; his contribution; and men in general. She began by offering a critique of the fact that Bruce declined to share the details of his speech to her, thus depriving her of the chance to offer a direct response. In the circumstances she decided instead to dissect men in general and Bruce in particular, before offering a truce, conditional upon men remembering which is the 'superior' gender. Will we ever learn??

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In offering the 'Toasts Tae Harburn Community & Absent Friends', Allan Maclaughlan reminded the company that his personal affection for Harburn had began some 50 years previously when he and Mary celebrated their wedding here in the Hall on Burns day 1969. Harburn had welcomed him into the Community then and was continuing to welcome newcomers to the Community to this very day. Harburn's attractions which he listed were many and varied but the most striking statistic was the area of space which 'Greater' Harburn's population of 350'ish occupies. In terms of area it is half the size of the city of Edinburgh which has a population of 492,000. He concluded by quoting the words of former Harburnian (YES that is the correct term) the late John Pearce -- "Harburn is not so much a place, it is more a state of mind". Allan also remembered those who had left us in the past year.
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An eloquent, all-encompassing and (wonderfully) short 'Vote Of Thanks' was proffered by Duncan Nicol, before the traditional rendition of Auld Lang Syne was swiftly followed by a massive tidy up to ready the Hall for a Sunday morning booking. Thanks to all who assisted.

Date For Your Diary -- Saturday 25th January 2020 -- Next Year's Burns Supper.
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Words Allan Maclaughlan-Photos Guy Vernham-Art Work John Wilkinson

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