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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 Friday, June 24, 2022. It had been postponed from its customary January date because of Covid, and attracted a gathering of around 60 members and guests.

Once again the function maintained its reputation of being one of the country's foremost mixed Burns Nights with a thoroughly entertaining programme of excellent speakers and performers.

Members of the top table group. Back row [l to r] Piper Martin Bristow, Jim Allan, Alan Telfer, Angus Middleton, Jim Calderwood, Elliott Boyle. Front row [l to r] Linda Boyle, Club President Joan Allan, Estelle Nicol.

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The principal speaker, Angus Middleton, proposing the Immortal Memory.

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Club vice-president Alan Telfer who addressed the haggis and later gave the vote of thanks.

The Immortal Memory was proposed by Angus Middleton of Skelmorlie, a past President of The RBWF. Speaking without notes, Angus delivered a fluent speech, ranging widely over Burns' life and works, the history and fellowship of the Burns' Movement and the current challenge of restoring its many activities post-Covid. As ever, Angus spiced his talk with anecdotes and humour.

Club vice-president Alan Telfer gave an spirited address to the haggis and later proposed the vote of thanks to all the speakers, artistes and organisers. Club president Joan Allan chaired the proceedings and proposed the Loyal Toast.

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Committee member Ian Bett delivered the Selkirk Grace.

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Committee member Jim Calderwood proposed the Toast to The Lasses.

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Yet another committee member Estelle Nicol made the Reply for The Lasses.

heather rodger and archie

Former schools prizewinner Heather Rodger performed two sets with fellow Glasgow Music School graduate Archie, mixing traditional and contemporary Scots music and giving rich vocal and instrumental accompaniment on fiddle and guitar.

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Piper Martin Bristow piped in the top table, the haggis, and opened the Ongauns after the interval.

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Mr Versatile Willie Cameron entertained on guitar, accordion and song and also recited 'Tam o Shanter'.

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Honorary president Donald Paton delivered a delicious version the famous satire 'Holy Willie's Prayer'.

Club secretary Elliott Boyle toasted Kindred Clubs and Caledonian Societies. A fulsome vote of thanks was proposed by vice-president Alan Telfer and the evening ended with the traditional singing of "Auld Lang Syne".

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