Bridson Chapter’s Burns Night Supper

Companions of Bridson Chapter No 613 held their annual Burns Night Supper in celebration of the life and poetry of Scotland’s favourite son Robert Burns. The supper was held to celebrate the poet’s birthday, which falls on 25 January. The format for Burns Suppers has changed little over the past 213 years since the first was held in The Mother Club in Greenock in 1802.

Neil Latham (centre) toasts the haggis watched over by Ken Beamer (left) and Wayne Warhurst (right).

Neil Latham (centre) toasts the haggis watched over by Ken Beamer (left) and Wayne Warhurst (right).

Members and guests of Bridson Chapter were welcomed by first principal Bob Teesdale and his wife Pamela, assisted by stirring pipe music. Once everyone was seated, the ‘Selkirk Grace’ was given by Neil Latham and the starter of cock-a-leakie soup was served. With these bowls cleared away, the drone of the pipes could once again be heard and the guests stood to receive the ‘Chieftain of the Pudding Race’.

The haggis was piped in by Ken Beamer followed by Southport Masonic Hall’s chef Wayne Warhurst who had the honour of carrying the beast to the table at the foot of the stage whilst the crowd clapped in tune with the piper. Neil (Mc) Latham led the toast with a generous single malt whisky and gave the ‘address to the haggis’ in fine tradition. Following which the haggis, neeps and tatties were enjoyed by all. There was then a main course of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and to finish, a fresh fruit salad to make sure the guests weren’t too full for the evening’s entertainment.

Usually at traditional Burns Suppers there follows recitals of the favourite poems and sonnets of the Bard. However, over the years and for the entertainment of the majority of guests present, some alternative entertainment was sought. On this occasion there was no disappointment as the local Formby Scottish Country Dance Group  were on hand to initially give a demonstration and then latterly to get the guests out of their seats to enjoy a proper ceilidh, which lasted late into the evening and was the perfect occasion to let off some steam.

Over 50 guests attended this event and all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Many are already looking forward to attending next year’s Burns Night Supper. For those wishing to attend this will be held on 23 January 2016.

Neil gives the ‘address to the haggis’ (top right), Formby Scottish Country Dance Group entertain with assistance of guests and members, portrait of Robert Burns (centre).

Neil gives the ‘address to the haggis’ (top right), Formby Scottish Country Dance Group entertain with assistance of guests and members, portrait of Robert Burns (centre).