A successful Burns Supper in aid the Kelso over Sixties Club

The Lodge Room was buzzing in anticipation looking forward a great night and they were not disappointed.

The night raised a magnificent sum of £461 thanks to the generosity of the assembled company. At the end of the evening the Master, Brother Tim Slater, presented a cheque for £500 to Edith Brotherston and Rosie Brennan who, for the last 40 years, have ran the Kelso over Sixties Club.

The evening featured the traditional program of toasts, poems, and songs, accompanied by music courtesy of Brother Bill Elliot and Alan Veitch. The traditional piping of the haggis was performed by Pipe Major Alan Veitch, followed by the address delivered by Brother Jim Brown PM. Fiona Brown delivered the Immortal Memory.

Brother Bill Heaney PM delighted the company with a brief recitation of the poem “I want to be a Sodger.” The Toast to the Lassies was expertly delivered by Brother Drew Forsyth PM, evoking great laughter, which was matched by an equally witty response from the brilliant Beth Heard. Brother Ronnie Fleming captivated the gathering with his renditions of “Tam o’ Shanter” and “To a Mouse,” holding the audience spellbound with his delivery.

At the presentation of the cheque Edith and Rosie outlined the work of their organisation. The club gives an opportunity to our senior citizens to socialise over lunch. It’s funded by donations during the year to pay for the bus outings, entertainment and Christmas lunch.

A further cheque presentation of £300 was made to Pipe Major Alan Veitch for the Kelso Pipe Band. The Band supports the town’s annual Kelso Civic Week by leading the cavalcade of horses and riders back into town following the ride-outs as well as a variety of other civic events including the Remebrance Day Parade.

After drawing the excellent raffle, the Master, Brother Tim Slater, thanked everyone for their donations which had made the night such a great success.

Brother Tom Weatherston delivered the Vote of Thanks, marking the conclusion to the evening’s events, acknowledged the contributions of the toast makers, the artists, Margaret and Jackie for providing a most enjoyable supper and Brother Johnnie O’Brien for the managing the bar.

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