The annual celebration of ‘The Bard’ at Heysham Lodge No 4108 was once again a huge success with over 60 brethren present at the festive board held at Morecambe Masonic Hall. In the lodge meeting, which preceded the festive board, Robert Malcolm (Bob) gave a very enlightening lecture on Robert Burns links with Masonry. It was revealed, amongst many other interesting facts, that a number of Burns poems have Masonic influences including ‘a Mans a Man for all that’ and ‘Liable Summons’. The festivities began with the haggis being piped in by Richard Cowie and Mike Ramsey from the Province of Cumberland and Westmorland and then paraded around the room on a silver platter by Bob Malcolm, whilst accompanied by the whisky bearer David Malcolm. The arrival of the haggis was greeted with much applause which continued until it reached its destination at the table. The ‘Selkirk Grace’ was duly given by the lodge chaplain Paul Craddock, before Richard Cowie gave the traditional ‘address to the haggis’ in excellent style. Richard later gave the lesser known ‘reply from the haggis’ which elicited much amusement from the assembled brethren.
Once the traditional Burn’s supper had been eaten, the evening’s entertainment was further enhanced by Mike Ramsey playing a number of melodies on the bagpipes including Scotland the Brave and Highland Laddie. A truly outstanding evening was had by all, which was further enhanced by the knowledge that the proceedings had raised over £700.
Article and photos by Paul Thompson.