In memory of ‘The Bard’

Duke of Lancaster Lodge No 1353 held a very enjoyable and successful Burns Night at Rowley Court, Lancaster. Following the Selkirk Grace, Ian Stephenson of Runic Lodge No 6019 gave the address to the haggis in true Scottish style.

Left: Ian Stephenson addresses the haggis watched by piper Denise Cartwright. Right: Piper Denise Cartwright with ‘drummer’ Alan Long in attendance.

Left: Ian Stephenson addresses the haggis watched by piper Denise Cartwright. Right: Piper Denise Cartwright with ‘drummer’ Alan Long in attendance.

After an excellent meal of haggis, tatties, neaps, braised highland ‘stirk wi’ halesome’ vegetables and tipsy laird, the master of the lodge Alan Long gave a wonderful rendition of the ‘Immortal Memory’ which is used to bring the life and work of Robert Burns to the audience in an informative and entertaining way. Alan recited some of Burns poetry in order of size, starting with an ‘ode to a louse’, followed by an ‘ode to a mouse’, then ‘a mans a man’ and finished his tribute with ‘a fond kiss’. Graham Earl followed this with his toast to the ‘lassies’ in a most amusing style that only Graham could do. A monologue of Lancashire poetry was then given by Graham’s brother Mike Earl, which received a good deal of appreciation from the audience.

Music by the Black Sail Band, a trio of muscians playing the mandolin followed and the evening finished with dancing to the bagpipes of Denise Cartwright. The success of the evening can be gauged by the magnificent amount of £415 being raised for charity.

Article and photos by Malcolm Morrison

‘The lassies’ enjoying the evening’s celebrations.

‘The lassies’ enjoying the evening’s celebrations.