Annual Dinners

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One of the leading occasions on Perth's social calendar, the club's Annual Dinner, was held in the Salutation Hotel, Perth on Saturday, January 28, 2012.

Once again the event lived up to its reputation of being one of the country's foremost mixed Burns Nights and the record and capacity attendance of 178 members and guests enjoyed a memorable evening of speeches and entertainment. View the dinner video courtesy of Perthshire Online TV.

Members of the top table group. Back row [l to r] Piper Robert Hamilton, Michael Kidd, Iain Mackintosh, Donald Paton, Kenneth Roy, Jim Melvin, Sandy Taylor. Front row [l to r] Christine Taylor, Liz Bett, President Ian Bett, Fiona Mackintosh, Ajay Close.

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"Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive". President Ian Bett addressing the haggis.

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The principal speaker, Kenneth Roy, editor of the Scottish Review, proposing the Immortal Memory.



The honoured guest and principal speaker was the Scottish writer and former BBC television presenter Kenneth Roy from Ayrshire, who is the current editor of the online Scottish Review. In a cultured and thought-provoking Immortal Memory, Mr Roy spoke of Robert Burns's stay in Irvine where he worked as a flax dresser and drew comparisons between the Irvine of that time and life in modern Scotland.

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The reply to the toast to The Lasses was given by Ajay Close.

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Club member Sandy Taylor proposed the toast to The Lasses.



A stirring and witty toast to The Lasses was proposed by club member Sandy Taylor with a delightful and humorous response given by the author and columnist, Ajay Close.

The entertainment was of the accustomed high standard. Scotland's fiddle maestro, Pete Clark, gave selections of the music of both Burns and Niel Gow, who Burns met during his visit to Perthshire in 1787. A varied selection of the Burns airs were sung by Paul Vaughan [tenor], Craig Dennis [baritone] and Anne Kemp [soprano] who were accompanied at the piano by Andrew Forbes.

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Paul Vaughan, tenor, with Andrew Forbes, accompanist.

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"Hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys and reels" from Perthshire's fiddle maestro Pete Clark.

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Craig Dennis, baritone.

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Anne Kemp, soprano.

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"The hour approaches, Tam maun ride" Donald Paton reciting Tam o' Shanter.

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"But for Thy people's sake destroy them" Michael Kidd reciting "Holy Willie's Prayer".

The spoken work was performed by Michael Kidd with "Holy Willie's Prayer" and Donald Paton who told the tale of "Tam o' Shanter". The piper was Robert Hamilton and the evening was under the chairmanship of club president Ian Bett who also addressed the haggis and proposed the Loyal Toast.

The Selkirk Grace was said by the Rev Geoffrey Hall and greetings from Kindred Clubs and Caledonian Societies were read by club secretary Donald Paton.

Following a vote of thanks by the club's vice-president, Iain Mackintosh, the evening ended with the entertainers leading the company in the traditional singing of "Auld Lang Syne".

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All photographs courtesy of Elliott Boyle, Perth Burns Club.
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