73rd Scouts – 9th Annual Burns Supper
Since the year 2000, the 73rd Scouts have held a weekend camp at Everton towards the end of January. The highlight of the weekend is what is now established as their Annual Burns Supper.
In this year 2008, their ninth Burns Night Celebration was held on Saturday 2nd February. Over forty people, comprising of Scouts, Cubs and Guests assembled for an enjoyable evening. The proceedings were chaired by Group Scout Leader Mrs Iris Canning.
To steady hand clapping, the Top Table was piped in by Scout Michael Oakley. The Haggis Bearer was Fabio Maturano. Margaret Bell of the 70th Renfrew & Inverclyde Scouts gave the Address to the Haggis.
Iris Canning recited the Selkirk Grace prior to the serving of an enjoyable meal consisting of: – Home Made Lentil Soup, Haggis Neeps and Tatties followed by Fruit and Ice Cream. Refreshments were supplied in the form of that well known Scottish drink ‘Irn Bru’. The meal was prepared and served by parents and adult friends of the Scouts.
The Entertainment got underway with Cub Leader Stephanie Kelly giving the Immortal Memory. Her speech was very well researched and gave a clear and concise story of the life and works of Robert Burns.
The address to the Lassies was given in two parts by Scouts Mark Donnelly and Michael Oakley. Their opinion of the opposite sex was humorous but not well received by the fairer sex.
Marie Claire Davidson and Taylor McMillan jointly responded with the Reply from the Lassies and left their male counterparts in no doubt about the superiority of the lassies.
Moving on – ‘The 73rd Pipe Band’ played a selection of music. A Burns Poem was read by Ross Munro. Fiddlers, Kristen Hamill and Rebecca Quigley played a selection. Campbell Cairns of the Leapmoor Pipe Band played the Small Pipes. Another Burns Poem was read by Michael Sweeney. Marie Claire Davidson danced a Highland Fling. To round off, Ian Canning read a poem dedicated with understanding to David Storey – ‘To a Fart’
In all, a very varied selection of entertainment was given was given.
The Vote of Thanks was ably done by Iris Canning who paid tribute to all the speakers and artistes. The standard of the meal was also acknowledged with thanks to all involved. To conclude, David Storey thanked Iris for carrying out her duties so graciously and also thanked Scouters, parents and finally members of the Troop whose attendance made all the efforts worth while.
After the Vote of Thanks, Cub Leaders Joyce Calder and Stephanie Kelly presented a number of Cubs with various badges and awards.
To conclude the evening, David Storey led a very tired bunch of Scouts in a round of campfire songs.
To view a selection of photos taken on the evening, click on the photo below.