Monday 11 February 2013

Burns Night Supper

 Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, 
Great chieftain o' the pudding-race! 

A belated Burns' Night Supper was held here on Friday under the auspices of  the Order of St Lazarus, raising funds for the leprosy relief charity SUROL in Sri Lanka.  We had a fantastic evening with all the traditional recitations and toasts and some extra entertainments in the form of Scottish poetry and renditions of Scottish songs both poignant and light-hearted.  I've never attended a Burns Night before but had heard that they are often popular both north and south of the border - and now I know why.  We are fortunate to have a number of Scots among the Order, who were able to assist with the details. The evening was enlivened by all things Scottish, with plenty of tartan in evidence, heather on the tables and even the reproduction Rennie Macintosh chairs from my dining room!  Burns'Night is not, of course, a traditionally Catholic celebration (for all sorts of reasons)  but a good excuse for a good party is certainly something to warm up ecumenical relations! Though we did have an extra toast to "The King over the water!" King James III)  Thank you to all who came along from near and far and to Confrere William Hacket for his usual excellent photographs.

There are further photos and coverage here.

Mrs Jean Spencer, the Baron of Fetternear, and Fr Simon Henry.

Confrere William Douglas, BLJ, who gave the "Toast to the Lassies"

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