A Burns Night celebration

Diary posted

1st February 2018

Open Event At Castle Retirement Village In Hertfordshire

Written by resident Brenda Walker

Another successful Burns Supper was enjoyed by some 47 guests on Robert Burns actual birthday of 25th January. It is not always possible to celebrate on the actual day but this year it worked out to be so.

All guests gathered in the ballroom in readiness for the “Address to the haggis” ably performed by Edna Downes, soon followed by our entry into the restaurant. Tables were set out in sixes or eights, with napkins in the blue and white of the Scottish Saltire.

Overseeing procedures was David Clark, who gave the Selkirk Grace, quickly followed by David Prodger’s excellent team of “’lovelies” taking our choices from the menu.

Ken Walker called for those who could to stand for the Royal toast, followed by Donald Richardson, imparting the Immortal Memory to the Bard. He had researched well and gave a structured and laudable speech. The toast to the Lassies presented by Bill Vowler, as always clear and eloquent. Barbara Jones should have delivered her riposte but unfortunately, Barbara is not at all well, so I spoke her words to the best of my ability, which would have been better had she been able to recite them herself. Get well soon Barbara.

Maggie Finch bravely played three Scottish songs, Afton Water, and Ye Banks and Braes, ending with Auld Lang Syne, the latter producing the most volume from the audience. All in all a fine evening once more.