Bowhill People's Burns Club held the "Mixed" Burns Supper on Saturday 23rd March 2013 in the Dundonald Institute. Over seventy ladies and gentlemen, including representatives of Perth, Cupar and Kirkcaldy Poosie Nansie's Burns Clubs and Alison Tait, the Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Burns World Federation joined club President David J. MacDonald and his good lady for a night of poetry and songs of Robert Burns.
After club president David's welcome and introduction, the evening was opened by club member John Berry's address to the haggis which was piped in in good style by young William Wallace of Balwearie High School with Jackie Millan as Poosie Nansie. The Selkirk Grace was given by club secretary Willie Miller and the company subsequently enjoyed a substantial meal served by staff from the Tipsy Nipper, Glenrothes.
The entertainment of the evening commenced with Tom Hopton singing Burns' autobiographical song "Rantin' Rovin' Robin" and carried on with items from Alex and Douglas Abercrombie, Elliot Boyle, Alistair Deas, Humphrey Evry, Bob Garmory, Kevin Thompson, an accordion selection from Willie Miller and a pipe music selection from William Wallace. Special mention must go to Ryan King, a past winner of the annual Burns Competition who entertained us with "Ye Jacobites" and to Daisy McDonald a senior pupil at Lochgelly High School, who sang "Ae fond Kiss" and "the Banks o' Doon" accompanied by Mandy Miller, head of music at the School. Roy Jarvis (guitar), Steven Gorniak (small pipes )and John Gilfillan (whistle) also senior pupils of Lochgelly High School added a further welcome touch of youth to the supper. The club singers were accompanied on the keyboard by Humphrey.
Kevin Thompson recited "Tam o' Shanter" in his inimitable style and also sang "Auld lang syne" to the original tune as well as leading the company in "The star o' Rabbie Burns". Bob Garmory gave us his "Immortal Memory" and "Holy Willie's Prayer". Bob also took the role of 'Caesar' to club stalwart Archie Abercrombie's 'Luath' in "the Twa Dogs" introduced by Iain Harkins. The Toast to the Lasses was also given by Archie who, while praising the achievements of many ladies from history, managed to raise more than a few laughs from the company. As a reply to the Toast, the entire company joined in Robert Burns' song of praise to the lasses "Green grow the rashes O"
Another very successful night was brought to a close around eleven o'clock with the second-most sung song in the world, the traditional song of parting "Auld lang syne" (which is second only to "Happy birthday").
The club's Annual General Meeting will be held in the Bowhill Hotel on Saturday 13th April. 5.30 pm for committee, 6.30 for club members. There are still a few places left on the coach for the club's trip to Mauchline Holy Fair on Saturday 25th May and any member interested in going should contact club treasurer Alex Page as soon as possible.