Heritage Society toasts the Bard

Guests and performers at the Buchan Heritage Society Burns Supper at the Bancar Hotel, Lonmay
Guests and performers at the Buchan Heritage Society Burns Supper at the Bancar Hotel, Lonmay

The Buchan Heritage Society hosted its annual Burns Supper at the Bancar Hotel recently.

Friends and guests enjoyed a full evening of excellent toasts and first class entertainment.

Sympathy was extended to the family of the late Gordon Easton who was an ardent exponent of all things traditional in the North East and who will be sadly missed.

Piper Amy McRobbie from Cumminestown with serving wench Yvonne Payne from Longside delivered the haggis to John Farquhar who provide a most excellent address.

A very entertaining and most enjoyable Immortal Memory was delivered by Graham Thomson from Kemnay with just the right mix of fact and humour.

Husband and wife team Joyce and Geordie Muriuson from Netherly did an excellent toast and reply to and from the lassies, Geordie finishing with a beautiful Burns song and unsurprisingly, Joyce the last word.

Michael Hendry from Peterhead sang for throughout the evening with a first rate selection of Burns songs and our three young fiddlers Naomi Bruce, Rachel Gray and Rebecca Payne provide an excellent mix of fiddle music to set the feet tapping.

Both Michael and the girls were very able accompanied by Gordon Hay from Longside.

Margaret Gordon from Longside gave a very comprehensive vote of thanks before the companied closed the evening with Auld Lang Syne.

The next meeting of the Buchan Heritage Society will be an Open Night in Longside Parish Church Hall on Wednesday, February 19 where everyone is welcome to ‘do their turn’.

That will be followed on March 19 with a talk and entertainment from Robert Lovie and Raymond Jappy, where everyone is most welcome and this meeting is also in Longside.