Suppers and events honour national bard

Haggis bearer Tom Cass with piper Drew Ness
Haggis bearer Tom Cass with piper Drew Ness

Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, has been honoured at suppers and events across the Borders.

The anniversary of his birthday was on Sunday – January 25. The poet-to-be was born to a farming family in Alloway in 1959 and died in Dumfries aged 37 in 1759.

L-R are COLIN RUSSELL (Lands o cakes Caledonia) PETER BROWN(The Immortal Memory of RB) KEITH COWAN (Chairman) BRIAN HOLTON (The Lassies) RUSSELL ROBERTSON( Sec).  RUSSELL ROBERTSON is a PAST PRESIDENT

L-R are COLIN RUSSELL (Lands o cakes Caledonia) PETER BROWN(The Immortal Memory of RB) KEITH COWAN (Chairman) BRIAN HOLTON (The Lassies) RUSSELL ROBERTSON( Sec). RUSSELL ROBERTSON is a PAST PRESIDENT

Each year he is remembered around the world in toasts, songs and stories. And the Borders is no exception.

Galashiels Burns Club held its commemoration supper on Friday night, under the chairmanship of Keith Cowan. The Immortal Memory was proposed by Gala rugby stalwart and former Scottish captain Peter Brown.

The Toast to the Lassies was proposed by Brian Holton while Colin Russell proposed the toast to Lad o’ Cakes, Caledonia. The haggis was carried in by Tom Cass, escorted by piper Drew Ness and addressed by the chairman. Recitations, including Holy Willie’s Prayer, came from Colin Russell. The main entertainers were Macolm McEwan and Sandy Heard, with Chris Achenback on piano. A vote of thanks was proposed by Tommy Turnbull.

Keith Cowan (chairman)

Keith Cowan (chairman)

RUSSELL ROBERTSON receives LIFE MEMBERSHIP from KEITH COWAN

RUSSELL ROBERTSON receives LIFE MEMBERSHIP from KEITH COWAN

Rob Willocks (Holy Willie)

Rob Willocks (Holy Willie)