pics: Dr. Douglas Nicol
The event was celebrated by nearly 300 members and guests who gathered to celebrate the event with “sangs and clatter” in a most joyful and successful evening.
Groupier, Gerry Smith, directed the proceedings with his usual flare and panache.
The Toast to the Haggis was tendered by Bill Summers who carved the Haggis with a finesse previously reserved for haddock, cod and whiting!
Following an excellent Burn’s Dinner served by the Palace Hotel staff, Fraternal Greetings from sister clubs were read by the Club’s most capable and efficient Honorary Secretary of 16 years, Hugh Livingston.
The President of Peterhead Burns Club this year was Hugh Farrel, Director of the Burn’s Centre in Alloway who delivered a most entertaining and knowledgeable Immortal Memory.
Robert Lovie toasted the guests with a reply by Dr Marin Pucci and “Other Scottish Poets” was delivered by James Brown of Fettercairn.
Malcolm Whyte delivered an excellent rendition of “Tam O’Shanter” and Bull Youngson recited a rarely delivered Burns work, “Epistle to a Young Friend”.
The company were entertained by Burns songs from the Rev Bob Fowlie of Longside accompanied on the piano by Gordon Hay.
Musical entertainment was in the most capable hands of renowned fiddlers Paul and David Anderson.
The piper for the evening was Michael Zanre.