Burns Night - 2014

posted 23 Jan 2014, 23:12 by Graham Morley   [ updated 23 Jan 2014, 23:12 ]
This was another great night at Minima, with a record number of members working very hard to make it happen.

As can be seen from the photos, the club house was packed to capacity and decorated with tartan rugs, and featured delightful table arrangements made by Angela Cheetham complete with tartan sails and ribbons of Robbie Burns' verse.

The food was superb. The starter, Alan Jales' leek and potato soup, was delicious, and was followed by the traditional Address to the Haggis, this year performed by our own Scot Keith Black, who is also seen photographed at the centre of the three kilted gentlemen.

Traditional haggis, neaps and tatties (accompanied by non-traditional gravy - sorry Keith) formed the main course.

Dessert of either traditional Crannachan (raspberries, cream and toasted oatmeal) or a variety of wonderful trifles was served. 

Finally, a number of volunteers were warmly welcomed as they distributed the tots of single malt whiskey.

Keith Black gave the speech and proposed the toast to the ‘immortal memory’ of Robert Burns, followed by a witty and entertaining Toast to the Lassies from Joe Murphy with a spirited response by Julie Hensler.

Everyone helped with clearing tables and rearranging the club room, and the washing up was completed in record time, which meant there was good space for the Scottish country dancing. Our regular piper Andy Smith was welcomed wearing the full regalia.

Everyone who helped has been mentioned by name and thanked in my earlier email, but I should just say again this was a superb catering and organisational team effort, as all members can now see by way of the selection of photographs. Thank you all!

Kathy Collins
Rear Commodore

Photos by Julie Hensler and Denise Norman

Sub-edited by Andy Cuckson