HART back on track with Burns supper

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A YEAR after a local charity had to cancel its Burns supper because of a break-down in the venue’s heating system, organisers are on song for this year.

Selkirk-based Scottish HART have retained speakers and entertainers who would have graced last year’s event for the fundraising evening at the Focus Centre in Galashiels on Saturday, January 22.

The Immortal Memory will be proposed by respected speaker Grant Lees of the Galashiels Burns Club. Yarrow farmer, councillor and South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume will propose the toast to the Lassies with a reply from local BBC reporter Angela Soave.

Selkirk’s Allan Marshall will recite Tam o’ Shanter as well as adding his tenor voice to the music of the evening.

Councillor Kenneth Gunn, whose wife, Wilma, founded the charity, will be in the chair and will also sing.

Mrs Gunn commented : “It was extremely heart-breaking that we had to cancel at the last minute last year because there was a problem with the heating in the Focus Centre. However, all the speakers and artistes have agreed to be there this year and we are looking forward to a great night.”

Tickets priced £10 (£8 concessions) are available from Niki’s Bar and Guess What in Galashiels and from Scottish HART on 01750 721297.

The charity wants all young sports men and women tested for possible fatal heart problems. It provides lifesaving defibrillators at sports grounds across Scotland and at shops and other premises throughout the Borders.