On Thursday 23rd October 2014, Eileen Doris Bremner, daughter of the founder president of Largs Cronies Burns Club, Dan Doris, was the guest speaker at Largs Cronies' annual President's Halloween Dinner held at the Village Inn, Fairlie.
Eileen, a former producer with Grampian Television, told the audience that her father had passed on a love and appreciation of Robert Burns to her. She focussed on the entirely English poetry of Burns, having written a book on the subject.
She pointed out that more than one hundred of Burns' poems were written in English because, even back in the 18th century, some people could not understand the Scottish and Ayrshire dialects.
Eileen also illustrated that his many letters, written in perfect English, gave an insight into the man that was Robert Burns.
Musical entertainment was provided by former professional singer and harpist, Maggie MacInnes, who enchanted the audience with her renditions of 'Ye Banks and Braes' and 'Ae Fond Kiss' in both English and Gaelic.
Cronies' President, Robert Honeyman, said that monies raised from the raffle at the dinner would be used to fund the club's very successful annual Burns' Schools' Competition in local primary schools.
Vice President, David Galt, thanked everyone who had contributed to such a successful and enjoyable evening.
On 22nd January 2015, Largs Cronies will be holding their 26th Annual Dinner at the Willowbank Hotel, Largs, with Robert Burns World Federation Past President, Jim Gibson, proposing the Immortal Memory.
Top table at the Dinner
From left: Rev Bill Armstrong, Maggie MacInnes, Jean Jackson, Robert Honeyman (President of Largs Cronies), Eileen Doris Bremer, David Galt (Vice President of Largs Cronies), Brian Jackson (Secretary of Largs Cronies).