Burns Lunch 2019
The annual Burns’ event at Kilmun Younger Hall
Monday 21st January was the occasion of the annual Burns’ Lunch held at the Younger Hall, Kilmun. This is a very popular event and that was equally true again this year and the 60 or so members of the audience made their appreciation very clear.
The Chairman on this occasion was Ian Gardiner who commenced proceedings with the traditional Selkirk Grace and later delivered the Address to the Haggis in fine style and completely by memory. Prior to the Address he explained the meaning of key words for the benefit of all who may have been a little hazy about precise meanings.
Mike Burke gave the Immortal Memory speech which was a thoughtful résumé of Burns’ life. He also brought a thoughtful frame of mind to his double delivery of the ‘To a Mouse’ poem. This he delivered in the original format and then in a translation, once more for the benefit of all who were not fully aware of the precise meanings of the original.
Jimmy Gordon gave a brief and respectful ‘Toast to the Lassies’ and this was answered in similar vein by Christina McKenzie. Jim Robinson provided much appreciated musical interludes with his unaccompanied singing of two well-known and popular songs.
Mike Midgley was the piper as last year and his expertise set the occasion off to a fine start.
Catering was of a high standard and was provided by Craig Wilson of The Holy Loch Inn and his staff. Additional support in serving was supplied by members of the committee and associates.
Special thanks needs to be made to the Wee Butcher who gave a generous donation to the raffle once more. Needless to say his haggis proved to be much appreciated by the audience and supporting staff.
Finally a word of appreciation needs to be made on behalf of the Hall to all those who continue to support the event as the audience, many of whom have attended for many years.
Images and report by Ian Giles