Burns Night

Burns Night

Burns Night

And so the evening entertainment began at the Covid delayed Rotary Club Charity Burns Night at the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club on 19th February. The address was preceded by the great Chieftain Haggis being robustly piped in by Andy Gregory of the Eastbourne Scottish Pipe Band, followed by the kilted “Scotch” man all in their highland dress with the bottles held high above his head whilst they toured the room before presenting it on a platter before our speaker Ron Ritchie, now in his 89th year and for what was his last public appearance in this role.

The three-course meal followed, ending with traditional Tipsy Laird before the assembled company were regaled by our toastmaster, Eric Huke, with the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns. Eric was followed by the Address to the Lassies – “An Ode to Burns Night” by his brother Ian, ending with a robust reply from the Lassies by Jan Hordern.

The Ceilidh followed with a number of rip roaring dances including Strip the Willow, the Cumberland Waltz, the Dashing White Sergeant (there were a number of those on the dance floor – or at least they thought they were!) rounded off with the Eightsome Reel (where clearly the Scotch had got too much for some who never seemed to stop reeling as the ceiling spun round above their heads!).

The assembled company joined hands in a rousing chorus of Auld Lang Syne whilst they flowed in and out of the circle bringing the evening to a close. All in all a very successful evening which raised a staggering £860 towards our Homes for Homeless project.

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