Hosted by: Sheila Twine, Ena Garden and Jock Fyfe
Review written by: Sheila Twine
Twenty-two members enjoyed a celebratory lunch in remembrance of Robbie Burns’ death 220 years ago. It was held in the home of Sheila Twine which was hung with tartan rugs and Saltires (St Andrews Flags). We all wore something tartan and sang Burns’ songs to the violin accompaniment of Norma Hales.
Ena Garden related the life of Burns including his spectacular funeral and the esteem he is held in around the world.
Jock Fyfe brought the haggis for members to ‘enjoy’ – or be forced to try, there was also venison, shortbread, oatcakes and other Scottish delicacies. Jock also recited two of Burns’ poems.
Wilma Mann told us about Burns’ family history and gave us a rendition of ‘To a Mouse’ with its English translation.
David Smeeton told a number of outrageous Scottish jokes and was our quiz master for 30 Caledonian questions.
Keith and Julie Boaler are now back from their travels and sang lustily, winning the quiz with Ida Kramer, Rosemary Hutchins and Meri Forrest.
Lang may your lum reek (Long may your chimney smoke – ie. a traditional Scottish wish for your well-being and good fortune).