On Saturday, 28th January, the Graham Institute in West Linton was the venue for The Whipman Play’s Burns Supper. Frank Lethbridge (Whipman 2012) was the MC for the evening which started with some highland dancing from Zoe Davidson. The evening continued with Gary Ross (Whipman 2016) saying The Selkirk Grace and Hamish Dykes (Whipman 1997 and Chairman) piping in the haggis. Martin Hannan once again recited a passionate rendition of ‘Address to a Haggis’.
After a delicious meal of soup, haggis, neeps and tatties followed trifle catered by The Gordon Arms Hotel, the top table guests gave very entertaining speeches. Alan Stewart’s (Whipman 2013) toast to the lassies comically highlighted the differences between lads and lassies. He also recited some of Burns poems that related to women:
There was a lass, and she was fair,
At kirk and market to be seen,
When all the fairest maids were met,
The fairest maid was bonnie Jean.
Gillian Garriock (Penicuik Hunter’s Lass 2015) gave a wonderful reply from the lassies finishing with her own poetry which poked fun at various Whipman of years gone by.
Stuart Mitchell’s (Edinburgh Captain 2014) Toast to the Immortal Memory, brought to the audience an informative and entertaining history of the life and work of the Bard.
Following the speeches, Lillian Slater’s (Whipman’s Lass 1993) perfect and emotive recital of one of Burn’s longest and well known works – Tam o’Shanter. Lillian, was given a well-deserved standing ovation by the audience who had watched on in awe. The evening concluded with a sing song of old Burns songs led by guitarist and singer Torcull Kennedy.
The Whipman Play Society would like to thank everyone who came along and supported the event, and look forward to seeing you all at our Junior Disco, Coffee Morning and the World Premiere of the 2016 DVD which are being held during the weekend of 17th and 18th February.