It was a splendid affair with some sparkling entertainment, recitations and presentations by members and guests - all ably kept to order by Club President Mike Duffy and MC for the evening Ken Montgomery.
There were several highlights throughout the programme - the fantastic singing of some Burns classics by Jennifer Brown - the Piping of Malcolm Sissons - the recitations and speeches provided by Bill Cocks, Andy Harrower, Ken Montgomery and that of the principle guest - RBWF Canadian Director – Ronnie O’Byrne, were very well received and conducted.
The Medicine Hat Burns Club has turned this evening into one of the main events in the Medicine Hat calendar - and after dinner – (kept in order by “Poosie Nancy” herself - Jennifer Harrower) - the recitations continued in the Whisky Bar into the wee sma’ ‘ours.
The Mayor of the town (Ted Clugston) who is obviously a literary man in his own right and proud of the town's connection to Rudyard Kipling’s quote “all hell for a basement”- came prepared to provide a recitation of Kipling’s “If” for the company - which was also very well received.
Another point worthy of note was the room setting for the banquet. The BATUS (British Army Training Unit Suffield) part of the Canadian Forces Base Suffield has presented the club with a fantastic carved table. The table has been produced in sections and has the ability to extend and seat all 37 guests at the Jolly Beggars Banquet – it is a work of art – of the highest quality and workmanship - and lavishly produced with hand carved quotes from Burns - it is certainly something unique that will be cherished by the club and guests for many years to come.
Attached is a list of photographs from the event.