Society toasts the Bard

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The annual Burns Supper of the Buchan Heritage Society was held at the Bancar Hotel, Lonmay on Friday 13th, unlucky no!

Members, friends and guests enjoyed a full evening of excellent toasts and first class entertainment.

The haggis was piped in by Amy McRobbie from Cumminestown and carried by Bill Inglis from Strichen, then very ably addressed by Tom Robertson from New Pitsligo. A very enjoyable ‘Immortal Memory’ was proposed by George Ross from Inverurie, who sang a line or two of Burns songs throughout his toast.

Robert Lovie from Fyvie proposed a humorous toast to the lassies and Hazel Gordon from Banff, very capably and in rhyme, put the lads, and Robert, in their place. Raymond Jappy from Aberdeen, originally from Findochty, played a superb selection of fiddle music and Robert Lovie entertained with some of Burns’ most popular and lovely songs, two very talented individuals who obviously enjoy working together.

An excellent rendition of “Scotch Drink” was given by Ian Forsyth from Mintlaw, a less often recited poem by Burns, admirably delivered.

A very comprehensive vote of thanks was given by Margaret Gordon from Longside before the evening closed with Auld Lang Syne.

The next meeting of the Buchan Heritage Society will be an Open Night in Mintlaw Public Hall on Wednesday, February 15, where everyone is welcome to ‘do their turn’ followed on March 21 with an evening by the Lennox Family and John Bone, again in Mintlaw Public Hall where everyone is most welcome.

A reminder is given to all Doric writers that entries in the poems and short stories competition, which is part of Strichen Festival, should be with the organiser by Monday, April 30.

All you need is a thochtie imagination and a gweed daud o the mither tongue. A poem is a poem, you mak it ony length ye like and a short story nae mair an twa thoosan wirds for the aulder folk and five hunner for the bairns aneth siventeen

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