The Amersham and District Scottish Association celebrated Burns Nicht at Harewood Downs Golf Club on the evening of Saturday 27 January. They toasted the memory of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, whose birthday is on 25 January. Having piped members and guests into the function, the haggis was brought in with a traditional ceremony. The Address to the Haggis, which is the centrepiece of the dinner, was given by Andrew Swann.
Address to the Haggis was given by Andrew Swann
During dinner, traditional toasts were made to The Queen, Past Presidents and Members’ Guests. Our Chairman, John Munro, introduced each speaker with brief histories and anecdotes. The Toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns was proposed by Catherine Dolman, who discussed Burns’ life and work. She focussed on Burns in a historical context, his political views and his place in Scottish society of the time. The Toast to the Lassies was proposed by Daniel MacAndrew who humorously described our devotion to, and dependence on, our Lassies. The Response to this Toast was given by his sister, Clare MacAndrew. Tim Venner sang renditions of Burns’s songs, accompanied on keyboard by his wife, Rosemary. His excellent singing was much appreciated and he encouraged the audience to join in two of the best known of Burns’s songs. The recitation of Burns’s poetry was skilfully made by Ian Gronbach.
Toast to the Association – Rev Ian GreenFinally, The Toast to the Association was make by the Reverend Ian Green, who praised the friendship and fellowship of our Association. In his reply, the President of the Association, Duncan Kelly, thanked Ian for his kind words and best wishes for the future of the Association. Duncan then thanked all the speakers and singers for contributing to the excellent entertainment and also the Committee for their hard work in organising and setting up this evening’s event.
We closed the evening closed with spirited renditions of the “Star of Rabbie Burns” and the traditional “Auld Lang Syne”.