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Robert Burns '“ saint or sinner?
Members of Whiteadder Burns Club were asked to decide for themselves when Peter Dale Nevans, from Dunbar, proposed the Immortal Memory at the annual supper in Eyemouth Golf Club on Monday.
Whatever the choice, Burns was a great man in every respect, he claimed.
Eyemouth was a fitting venue of all of the Border towns the Bard visited, it was his favourite, and he attended the first function of the Land of Cakes Masonic Lodge, which he helped to set up.
It is still going strong and a few days earlier Tim Jewell, Whiteadder’s 2016 chairman, proposed the Memory at its supper.
Gary Smith, of Eyemouth, was Chairman on Monday when the Selkirk Grace was sung by the Poolies.
Pipe Major Andrew Ainslie, of Duns, piped in the haggis, addressed by Jimmy Jamieson, of Tweedmouth.
The Loyal Toast was proposed by the chairman, and the toast to the club by Bob Wortley, of Eyemouth, who played a major role in arranging the venue.
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‘The Lassies’ were proposed by ex-Kelso High School Rector Charlie Robertson, and the toast to the Chairman was given by John Marjoribanks, of Gavinton, who was appointed Chairman for 2017.
Entertainment of the highest calibre is provided by members and there was a standing ovation for Peter Craig, of Eyemouth, for his recitation of The Cotter’s Saturday Night.
David Scott, of Duns, recited Tam O’Shanter, and Ian Buick, of Berwick, performed The Holy Fair.
Others who took part were Sandy Watson, Peter Walker, of Eyemouth, Rob Cockburn, of Leitholm, Peter Nevans, Ken Taylor, of Eyemouth, Alistair Lindsay, of Ayton, and Frank Millar, of Duns.
Accompanist was Walter Kay, of Eyemouth, and musical director James Tarvit, of Eyemouth.
At the annual meeting Secretary and Treasurer John Gardiner, of Berwick, said it had been another very successful year and they were playing an increasingly active part in the Burns Federation.