Burns Night 2016

Amelia Whitehead, Emily Brunt and William Hartley along with David Hartley provided 26 of us with a fantastic Burn’s Night Feast on Saturday 23rd January.  They were ably helped with serving by Nat Atkinson and Joseph Hartley

The tables were beautifully presented by Margaret and Harry Paylor, Gill Beckett gave, once again, a rousing oration of the ‘Ode to the Haggis’ which all contributed to a very convivial evening which was rounded off with some energetic dancing lead by Kath Shaw.

A big thank you to Dave Hartley and the Icecream Sundays for all their hard work along with all those who helped and a big thank you also to all who came along as you helped to raise £156.26 for Care Dewsbury.

Jo Hartley


Burns Night

O what a night!
We arrived to be greeted by William who made us very welcome and ushered us upstairs to the Banqueting Suite. There we found beautifully laid tables with plaid runners and bowls of heather, emphasising the Scottish theme in honour of Robbie Burns. The Scottish theme was reflected in the costumes worn by some of the guests.

Proceedings were opened by Tony Beckett saying the Selkirk Grace. Gill Beckett then gave an award winning performance of the Address to the Haggis, this consisted largely of disparaging remarks on the spindly Englishman and praise for haggis fed brawny Scot.

We then proceeded to the meal, the first course of mackerel pâté followed by haggis poached egg bacon and salad, the main course of steak and mushroom casserole, all beautifully served by the Ice Cream Sundays. The final course of lemon meringue pie made a lovely ending to the meal. Thanks were given to David for producing such an enjoyable meal with the help of The Ice Cream Sundays.

After a suitable pause the braver guests enjoyed some Scottish dancing under the guidance of Kath Shaw, and the less brave enjoyed watching with a cup of tea. The dances started with easy routines then became quicker and more complicated causing much hilarity, the last dance of the evening being the Gay Gordons.
The evening raised over a hundred and twenty pounds, which was given to Care Dewsbury.

Joan Howgate.

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