A fantastic evening was had by all who came to the Whipman Play Society’s Burns Supper at The Graham Institute on Saturday 27 January. Gareth Edwards was the MC for the evening and his hilarious jokes and stories had everyone laughing and enjoying themselves from the start.
The evening began with a trio of very talented violinists from Peebles High School. The evening continued when Hamish Dykes (Whipman 1997 and Chairman of The Whipman Play Society) piped in the haggis, followed by Ian Reid reciting a very entertaining rendition of ‘Address to a Haggis’. Whipman in office, Rob Norris then delivered ‘The Selkirk Grace’ before everyone tucked into a traditional meal.
After a delicious meal of soup, haggis, neeps and tatties followed by crannachan cheesecake expertly catered by The Gordon Arms Hotel, the top table guests gave very entertaining speeches. Martin Hannan gave a not only very informed and educated Immortal Memory but also the first interactive Immortal Memory that was enjoyed by everyone.
Grant McLagan’s (Penicuik Hunter, 2017) Toast to the Lassies was both fun and light hearted. Grant finished his speech with an impressive poem he had written about the ladies in the hall. Deb Armstrong gave a hilarious Reply from the Lassies and put all the men in the room firmly in their place. Following the speeches Martin Hannan organised the whole room to recite Holy Willies Prayer – a fun Burns poem – this created more hilarity and laughter.
The evening concluded with songs and poems from the very talented Torcul Kennedy. Torcul’s last song poked fun at trying to buy a house in numerous places in Scotland. With the last verse ripping into Poacher, Frank and the rest of West Linton’s famous Lady Boys, bringing back an image many had erased from their memories from last years Introduction Concert.
The Whipman Play Society would like to thank all of our top table guests, entertainers, The Gordon Arms Hotel for the fabulous food and everyone who attended and supported The Whipman Play Society.
Article by Fiona Ingram