Cambuslang Rotary Club celebrated Burns Night on Saturday 21st Jan at their sell out Burns Supper, held once again at the Kings Park hotel.
Club President Bill Crombie chaired the event and started the evening off by calling on Ewen Hutcheon to address the haggis which was paraded out by the Kings Park chef. Ewen is very much a traditional part of our Rotary Burns suppers and he performed the task with his usual enthusiasm. The 150 Rotarians and their guests then settled down to enjoy the delicious 4 course meal provided by the chef and his team.
After a short break and some selling of raffle tickets the audience were treated to an excellent night of speeches and entertainment. First up was local lass Anna Heywood who once again delighted everyone with her beautiful singing. Anna was sponsored by the club to attend an opera summer school in Italy last year but this was the first time she had performed at a Burns night. Judging from the appreciative audience reaction it will not be the last!
Next up was Graham Hill, a primary school teacher by day, who educated us with a polished and informative Immortal Memory which revealed his deep knowledge of Rabbie’s life and works. The toast to the lassies was given by Donald Reid and the reply by Mary Smith; both of whom managed to invoke plenty of laughter from their audience.
The highlight of the evening for many was the performance of Tam O’Shanter by John Belshaw, complete with an appearance by Maggie the horse! The evening drew to a close with a few more songs from Anna and then the vote of thanks from Nigel Wunsch.
The Burns Supper is our major fundraising event each year and we were delighted that the proceeds of the raffle plus donations came to a grand total of £1400 which will be donated to the Mercy Ships charity. Club members would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the evening and helped raise such an impressive sum for a very deserving cause.
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