More about the Burns Supper

The first Perth U3A Burns Supper took place on Friday 25th January, the Bard’s birthday in McDiarmid Park and it was deemed by all who attended to be a great success.

Throughout the evening we were fortunate to have had the excellent music from our own Traditional Music group who delivered well and beyond our expectations. Their selection of Scottish music contributed to the ambience of what was a thoroughly good night.

At the beginning of the evening we had the pleasure of a member of Perth and District Pipe Band in ‘Piping in the Haggis’. This followed with Andrew Tait who delivered the ‘Address to the Haggis’ completely from memory and with real emotion. The piper then ‘Piped out the Haggis’ and, following the Selkirk Grace from David Turnbull, we enjoyed a nice traditional meal.

Poems were then read by Wilma Coleman and David Thistlethwaite. Wilma recited a Burn’s poem known as ‘An Inscription on a chimney breast in Kenmore Inn’ (now known as Kenmore Hotel) It was Burn’s account of the beauty of Perthshire whilst on his travels. David read a poem written by Wordsworth in memory of Burns ‘At the Grave of Burns’. The ‘Immortal Memory to Burns’ was read in Scots’ tongue by Ian Mackintosh from Perth Burns Club. David Robertson then surprised us all by giving us a few jaunty Scottish tunes on his harmonica. The eternal 'Toast to the Lassies' was given by Brian Gall, our Chairman. He was a perfect choice as he delivered it amusingly in good Scots’ language. We are led to believe that he unearthed it from a manuscript. Not to be outdone Margaret Garvie heartily responded in her ‘Reply from the Lassies’ in her wonderful dry, humorous way and in her lovely Scots’ tongue.

Last but not least came our second contribution from Ian Mackintosh who showed us a video of several portraits of Burns and an amazing reconstruction of Burns as he may have looked. This was derived from casts of his skull and his portraits by a Professor from Dundee University. He then showed us a scary scene of this reconstruction reciting Burns’ famous poem ‘To a Mouse’. Eventually the evening came to a close with Auld Lang Syne at 11.30 pm.

Many thanks to Sheina Bell for organising this event and to all those who made the evening a pleasant, humorous and worthwhile evening.

Jill Pontin and Wilma Coleman