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For the first time since it was launched in 1973, the Burns Supper organised by Berwick St Andrew's Club welcomed a lady speaker, Di Higham, to give the Immortal Memory.
In another break with tradition at the function in the Black and Gold on Friday, four members – Di Higham, Mav Watkins, Iain Dempster and Michael Baglee – each recited two verses of the address to the Haggis.
President Ian Hay welcomed the guests with a special thanks to Ken and Jacqui Budge, who stepped in to entertain when the singer who was due to appear called off through illness.
Di Higham said that Burns was for everyone – man, woman or child.
She had a love of Burns and was taught about him at school. He had left a treasury of his work and he would be remembered not just for that, but as someone who looked after his sick mother, bought his father’s farm and did not live in poverty.
He was almost all things to almost all men. His name had spawned more memorabilia than Elvis Presley or Mickey Mouse.
The toast to The Lassies was proposed by the Rev Bill Paterson, of Gavinton, and replied to by Allison Longbone.
The toast to the president was given by vice president Jessica Spencer-Barry.
There were songs from the Rev Bob Higham and accompanist Michael Baglee.