The Rotary Club of Cambuslang annual Burns Supper was on Saturday 18th January 2020 at the Kings Park Hotel in Rutherglen. Over 100 Rotarians and guests were welcomed into the hotel by piper John Paton, who then piped in the star of the evening – the Haggis! The Haggis was addressed in expert fashion by Kenny Wilson before being carried off to form part of the excellent 4 course meal provided by the hotel staff.
The evening was chaired by Club President Kenny Finnie who made sure that everything ran smoothly. After the meal and a short interval, the second half of the evening began with a few Burns songs from local favourites Alastair McFarlane and Jim Ferguson who had everyone tapping their toes. The audience was then treated to an excellent Immortal Memory delivered by another Cambuslang lad, Kenny Wilson. Kenny, who is a former President of the world-famous Bridgeton Burn Club spoke about how his love of Burns was kindled during his time at West Coats Primary, leading to a lifelong passion for the subject. He talked about his delight at seeing that love of Burns passed on to the children in our local primary schools who once again were winners in this year’s Bridgeton Burns Competition.
The next treat was a superb recitation of Tam O’Shanter given by Robert Johnston who had his audience enthralled and hanging on his every word. Robert is a leading light in the Airdrie and Coatbridge Operatic Society, and the Airdrie connection continued with the next speaker Bill McCloy who gave the Toast to the Lassies. His speech was full of humour, most of it directed at the ladies but Yvonne Waring who replied on behalf of the Lassies proved more than his match with her witty response.
The evening drew to a conclusion with a few more songs from Alastair and Jim before the vote of thanks from Past President Robert Dickie and the traditional finale of Auld Lang Syne.
The club would like to thank everyone who supported the evening and made it such a success. The event raised around £1600 which will be distributed to charities supported by Cambuslang Rotary Club.
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