Buchan Heritage Society toasts the bard in style

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The Ban Car Hotel Lonmay was the recent venue for the Burns Supper held annually by The Buchan Heritage Society.

Members guest and friends, although slightly down in numbers this year, enjoyed a lovely meal and very entertaining evening

Happily, the record amount of heavy snow had all but gone and the roads were back to normal.

Adrian Payne the newest member of the committee, very ably carried in the haggis, Amy McRobbie our young piper from Cumminestown did the honours on the pipes, while Alex Reid from Aberdeen addressed the haggis.

Alex later entertained with very beautiful Burns songs ‘Green Grow the Rashes O’ and ‘Ca the Yowes’ finishing off later in the evening with a beautiful rendition of ‘O Wert thou in the Caul Blast’

Doreen Duncan from Longside, an English teacher at Mintlaw Academy, delivered a very witty and entertaining ‘Immortal Memory’ and included many extremely funny incidents of her time in teaching.

Peterhead solicitor Bruce Milton proposed a very interesting and entertaining toast to the lassies and included, along with others, some lines from ‘Handsome Nell’ one of Burns earlier poems but conceded that the men jist canna dee withoot their lassies.

Morven Sivewright from New Byth, no stranger to Buchan Heritage, gave a very amusing and light hearted reply from the lassies quoting lines from Tam O’ Shanter. Morven also entertained with a recitation and very amusing anecdotes about her four young sons.

Moira Stewart and John Slaven provide further entertainment with fiddle tunes and singing. A Burns selection from John included ‘My love She’s but a Lassie Yet’ and ‘Willie Brew’d a Peck o Maut’ while Moira sang ‘John Anderson my Jo’ and ‘Dainty Davy’. A very enjoyable evening finished with Alex Reid on guitar together with the company singing Auld Lang Syne

The next meeting of the Buchan Heritage Society will be an Open Night in Longside Parish Church Hall on Wednesday 16th February, followed on March 16th with an evening with the ‘Garioch Fiddlers’ again in Longside where everyone is most welcome.

A reminder is given to all “Doric” writers. Entries in the poems and short stories competition, which is part of Strichen Festival, should be with the organiser by Friday, April 29.

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

All details can be found on www.buchanheritagesociety.co.uk choose festival.