On Friday 9th January around 80 people gathered at The Whitecraigs Golf Club in the south side of Glasgow and had the distinctive honour of hosting the first Burns Supper under the new format devised by John Cairney.
During the meal we were entertained by members of The Glasgow Academy School Pipe Band along with community singing of A Man’s A Man for A’ That, My Luv is Like a Red Red Rose and There Was A Man Called Robert Burns (lyrics by John Cairney to the tune of The Star of Rabbie Burns). Claire and Will who led the singing also enchanted us with a magnificent rendition of A Fond Kiss and playing Reels and Jigs.
Finally, David Brown recited To A Mouse before John Cairney delivered an emotional and unforgettable Immortal Memory.
The evening concluded with a Vote of Thanks by the club’s Vice Captain, Valerie Davidson, before John Cairney delivered a unique version of Auld Lang Syne. This was particularly atmospheric with John reading the words and the members humming the tune. A moment of silence followed for everyone to reflect their own thoughts.
There was no Toast to the Lassies as it was felt the songs of Burns stand as a tribute to the Lassies.
Everyone thought the new format was overwhelmingly successful and had returned the Burns Supper to its original honesty and simplicity. Indeed several thought it was the best Burns Supper they had attended.