Anna Ritchie pupils enjoy Burns celebrations

Anna Ritchie School pupils enjoyed their Burns lunch
Anna Ritchie School pupils enjoyed their Burns lunch

Pupils and staff at Anna Ritchie School held their annual toast to Scotland’s greatest poet last week.

Hugh Livingston of the Peterhead Burns Club was in attendance to give the “Immortal Memory” speech and he also joined the celebrations.

Anna Ritchie School pupils enjoyed their Burns Dinner

Anna Ritchie School pupils enjoyed their Burns Dinner

Traditional fare of haggis, neeps and tatties was served to all with sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

The lunch has been an annual tradition for many years now and Sarah Elphick, who organised the lunch for the second year running, praised the work of all involved.

Speaking to the Buchanie, she said: “Everyone has been fantastic and the kids have really enjoyed themselves.

“Thanks go to all that helped in organising and staging the supper and to all the pupils who have been brilliant and have really excelled themselves.”

Anna Ritchie School pupils enjoyed their Burns Dinner

Anna Ritchie School pupils enjoyed their Burns Dinner

Sarah added: “Charlie Burgess has done a great job with the pipes, Scott Thomson has provided a musical melody, and of course a big thanks have to go to the kitchen staff Helen, Karen and Ruth for the food.”

Welcome - Christopher Craig

Master of Ceremonies - Liam Ross

Selkirk Grace - Meghan Metcalf

Piper - Dr Charlie Burgess

Address to the haggis - Jake Buchan

Lunch

Toast to the Queen - Dan Langley

Song - Flower of Scotland

Burns medley on Cello - Mrs Kennedy

Bluebell polka - Keyboards - Room 9

Up in the morning - Chris Craig and Iona Ross

Song - Coulters Candy

Song - Gin I Were a Baron’s Heir - Solo by Owen Walker

Musical item - Scott Thomson

Vote of Thanks and presentation of gifts by Kelly McDonald and Iona Ross

Certificates - Mr Hugh Livingston

Song - Auld Lang Syne