The immortal Memory will be given by one of country’s finest authorities on Burns, John Shirkie of Tarbolton. John has appeared in numerous Burns’ television documentaries and his knowledge of our Bard is second to none.
Niven Rennie from Alloway will deliver the Toast to the Lassies. Niven is one of Scotland’s best and funniest after dinner speakers. He has spoken at many prestigious Burns Suppers all over Scotland. After a 30 year career in the police which culminated in him becoming a Chief Superintendent, he has a bank humorous stories to keep his audiences thoroughly entertained.
Margaret Ferrier will Reply on behalf of the Lassies. Margaret is an active member of Alloway Burns Club and a highly experienced speaker. She is an SNP politician who was previously the Member of Parliament for the Glasgow seat of Rutherglen. Her speeches are always tasteful and eloquent and she is sure to be well received.
There will also be a recitation from lifelong Ayr United fan Bill Boyd who is a National Trust for Scotland tour guide in Alloway and a very knowledgeable Burnsian.
Music and song will be provided by Robert Ryan, lead singer of the band ‘Harmonica Lewinsky’. Robert is also a former President of both Helensburgh and Dumbarton Burns Club.
Seasoned after dinner speaker Graham Hill, who has recited Burns at Oxford University and London’s Caledonian Club, will MC the event and will be performing Tam O’Shanter.
Tickets are priced at £30 and can be booked online or in the Club Shop.