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Night Of Celebration For Greenock Burns Club


Above: Members and speakers of the 217th annual Greenock Burns Club supper (Image with thanks to Greenock Telegraph/George Munro)

Greenock Burns Club recently held its 217th annual celebration in the Tontine Hotel, with members and guest entertained by prestigious guest speakers.

Billy McCready began the proceedings by piping in the top table, before Alasdair Hendry addressed the haggis. Bard of The Mother Club, Jack Glenny, said grace before the meal.

The evening's entertainment began with 16-year-old soloist Abby Brown of Port Glasgow High School singing a selection of Burns' songs.

Karen Kane, of Fauldhouse & Crofthead Burns Club, recited 'The Rights of Woman' and president June Forbes invited principle speaker Bobby Kane to give the Immortal Memory.

As is customary, Bobby was then installed as the honorary club president for 2019.

Fiona Maguire, Chief Executive of Riverside Inverclyde, gave the toast to the Mother Club and the Toast to the lasses was proposed by councillor, Ri Board member and local butcher - Drew McKenzie.

Baroness Annabel Goldie provided the reply with great wit and club member David Brown delivered a rousing rendition of Death and Dr Hornbook before junior vice-president Christine Currie gave the vote of thanks. 

The evening came to a close with Alan Beck and Abby Brown leading the company in Auld Lang Syne.

For more details on the Greenock Burns 'Mother' Club, click here.

Published: 28 February 2019