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One of Perth's most acclaimed social occasions, the Annual Dinner of the Perth Burns Club was held in the Salutation Hotel, Perth on Saturday, January 27, 2024. It attracted a lively gathering of 80+ members and guests.

The attendees were treated to a high-quality evening of speakers and performers and the prgramme rattled along from start to finish!

Members of the top table group. Back row [l to r] Club Secretary Elliott Boyle, Rev Alec Shuttleworth, Jim Mackintosh, President Alan Telfer, Piper Martin Bristow.

Front row [l to r] Linda Boyle, Dr Kylie Murray, Rosemary Telfer.

elliott boyle

Club Secretary Elliott Boyle who was the chief organiser of the occasion, and who toasted Kindred Clubs and Caledonian Societies.

rev alec shuttleworth

Principal speaker, the Reverend Alec Shuttleworh, who delivered the Selkirk Grace and proposed the Immortal Mamory with a classy delivery and a very sharp wit.

alan telfer

Club President Alan Telfer who had a busy night addressing the haggis, proposing the Loyal Toast and performing Tam o Shanter.

jim mackintosh

Jim Mackintosh

dr kylie murray

Dr Kylie Murray

The Toast to the Lasses was given by Jim Mackintosh, local poet, compere and arts organiser. Jim recalled his early ill-fated winching exploits with district nurses in cars which uncannily struck chords with a large proportion of his audience. He's a more rounded man now as his tailor will confirm, but his admiration for the fairer sex has enlarged mightily: their ability to organise, be practical, understand inner emotions, etc. were well praised. He had warm words for lasses wha walk towards trouble.

The Reply from the Lasses was made by Dr Kylie Murray, a St Andrews graduate and winner of the Lorimer Prize for Scottish Literature. Kylie's delivery was a chequered mixture of dialects and volume levels which engaged and entertained her audience. Mediaeval makars were just one of her subjects, and she argued that they were swayed by appearances and couldn't cope with the intelligence, wit, practicality and wisdom of women. Her closing toast was: Equality!

pavlina ivanova

Soprano Pavlina Ivanova displayed a beautiful voice and a command of many Burns' ballads including Ye Banks and Braes.

paul vaughan

Regular vocalist Paul Vaughan was in good fettle also, as witness There was a Bonie Lass.

edna auld

Great to see Edna Auld at the keyboard again, her fine accompaniments undiminished.

martin bristow

Martin Bristow

jake patterson

Jake Patterson

Pipes: Martin Bristow piped in the Top Table, the Haggis and introduced the second half with a recital. Good to hear The Dark Island again!

Fiddle: Jake Patterson played two lively sets. He couldn't always remember the song titles, but he could certainly play a bit, Niel Gow included!

donald paton

Donald Paton gave a masterly performance of Burns' finest satirical work, Holy Willie's Prayer, complete with candle, nightgown and nightcap.

joe giacopazzi

Vice President Joe Giacopazzi gave generous thanks to all our speakers and artistes, plus programme sponsors Danscot.

alec alan

Alan Telfer seeks refuge in the Church after his cavalier performance of Tam o Shanter! We ended tradionally by singing Auld Lang Syne.

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Photographs courtesy of Elliott Boyle,
Perth Burns Club.
Email Elliott if you'd like a copy of a photograph.