Tributes were paid to Scotland’s National Poet at Burns Suppers across the district.
Falkirk Burns Club’s 149th annual celebration welcomed the usual high standard of guest to its top table on Friday night.
Club president Brian Goldie chaired the proceedings in the Park Hotel which began with Ian Crozier’s spirited address to the haggis and followed by the toast to the Immortal Memory of Burns. It was delivered ably and concisely by former Red Hot Chilli Piper Stuart Cassells whose range of information, quotations and eloquence of speech made a fitting tribute to Burns’ life and works.
The poem ‘The Twa Dugs’, recited by Ian Crozier, John Merrillees and Grant Williamson, is a somewhat sarcastic look at the attitude of the gentry towards the people in their employ, and this was one of the best ever heard for this particular poem.
The evening continued with Jock Wilson’s recital of the epic ‘Tam O’Shanter’. He also displayed his skills on the Bodhran as he joined in with the vocalists.
The Toast to Scotland was proposed by Eric Budgell, a member of the Robert Burns World Federation and Guild of Robert Burns’ Speakers.
Eric outlined the effects the course of history has had on our country, from politics, attitudes in the differing areas of east and west and even the divisions caused by the recent Indy referendum.
The evening continued with a humerous toast to the club’s guests and a similarly-styled vote of thanks delivered by Bill Doig and David Barclay respectively who, as friends and colleagues, were a perfect foil for each other.
The music on the night was supplied by world class piper Tommy Couper and the vocals by local singing duo Mak a Din who set the mood with their renditions of MacPherson’s Rant, Leezie Lindsay, Ye Jacobites by Name and Killicrankie and have, obviously, been invited to attend again next year.