Supper Toast Lists & Programmes 1976 to 1980

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Saturday 24th January 1976

At a Committee Meeting in the Secretary’s House on 17th November 1975,

Eddie McCue proposed that all future Suppers be held on Saturdays due to the many other Suppers on the Friday evening.

It was therefore agreed that the Supper would be held on Saturday 24th January 1976 and continue on Saturdays on a trial basis.

 Over 40 years later we assume its still being evaluated ! As if that wasn’t enough controversy for one year,

in the Letter from Willie Shanks to Bob ‘Sweep’ Brown re 1976 AGM written just after the 1976 Supper,

the subject of whether Ladies should be admitted to Let it Blaw appears to have been on the Agenda.

It’s assumed that’s still under consideration too.

Click for Supper Programme 1976

Chairman

Bob Brown (Sweep)

Croupiers

Willie Shanks  &  Eddie McCue

Bard

Willie Shanks

Piper

Bobby Peat

Bobby Peat was absent from this Supper due to illness. A late substitute was

John Horne of the Colinton and Currie Pipe Band

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Selkirk Grace

Rev. David D. Ogston

Address to a Haggis

Robin Rankin

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Toast : The Queen

Bob Brown (Sweep)

Toast : Immortal Memory of Robert Burns

Jack McCaig Snr.

Reply

Bob Brown (Sweep)

Toast : Let it Blaw

John Mathers

Toast : The Lasses

Rev. David D. Ogston

Reply

Nelson Baillie

Toast : Landlord

Ian Falconer

Songs and Recitations

“Tam o’ Shanter”

Robin Rankin

Bard’s Oration

Willie Shanks

“The Balerno Song”

Harry Rankin

“Rantin, Rovin Robin [There was a Lad]”

Harry Rankin

“The Twa Dogs”

Willie Shanks  &  Eddie McCue

“Green Grow the Rashes O”

The Company

“Holy Willie’s Prayer”

Bill Ramsay

“Corn Riggs”

Harry Rankin

“Handsome Nell”

Jock Taylor

Piper’s Selection

John Horne

to quote the Secretary’s record of the supper, this was

” A foot stirrer by the Piper accompanied by four hefty kilted men dancing a foursome reel”

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Honorary Members

Jock Taylor

Robert Butler Jnr.

Harry Rankin

Office Bearers

President – Bob Brown (Sweep)    Vice President – Jack McCaig Snr.

Secretary/Treasurer – Willie Shanks

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Friday 24th January 1977

Click for 1977 Supper Invitation

Click for Supper Programme 1977

Click for ‘Currie & Balerno News’ Report – 1977

Chairman

Eddie McCue

Croupiers

Jack McCaig Snr.  &  Bob Brown (Sweep)

Bard

Willie Shanks

Piper

Alan Shiels

Selkirk Grace

Rev. David D. Ogston

Address to a Haggis

Robin Rankin

Toast : The Queen

Eddie McCue

Toast : The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns

Rev. David D. Ogston

Reply

Eddie McCue

Toast : Let it Blaw

Hamish Coghill

Toast : The Lasses

Jack McCaig Snr.

Songs and Recitations

“Tam o’ Shanter”

Robin Rankin

Bard’s Oration

Willie Shanks

“The Balerno Song”

Harry Rankin

“Rantin, Rovin Robin [There was a Lad]”

Harry Rankin

“Holy Willie’s Prayer”

Bill Ramsay

“Green Grow the Rashes O”

The Company

“Death and Dr Hornbook”

Bob Brown (Sweep)

Honorary Members

Jock Taylor

Robert Butler Jnr.

Harry Rankin

Office Bearers

President – Eddie McCue    Vice President – Angus Swan

Secretary/Treasurer – Willie Shanks    Assistant Secretary/Treasurer – John Mathers

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Saturday 21st January 1978

Click for Supper Programme 1978

Chairman

Eddie McCue

Croupiers

Jack McCaig Snr.   &   Bob Brown (Sweep)

Bard

Willie Shanks

Piper

Alan Shiels

Selkirk Grace

Rev. David D. Ogston

Address to a Haggis

Jack Shillinglaw

Toast : The Queen

Eddie McCue

Toast : The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns

Ian Falconer

Reply

A. Dalrymple

Toast : Let it Blaw

Dennis Pattenden

Toast : The Lasses

Bert Hogg

Toast : The Chairman

John Tweedie

Songs and Recitations

“Tam o’ Shanter”

Robin Rankin

Bard’s Oration

Willie Shanks

“The Balerno Song”

Harry Rankin

“Rantin, Rovin Robin [There was a Lad]”

Harry Rankin

“Holy Willie’s Prayer”

Bill Ramsay

“Address to the Unco Guid”

Jack McCaig Snr.

“Willie Brew’d a Peck o’ Maut”

Harry & Robin Rankin  &  Bill Ramsay

“To a Mouse”

John Mathers

Honorary President

Harry Rankin

Honorary Members

Jock Taylor

Office Bearers

President – Eddie McCue    Vice President – Jack McCaig Snr.  (resigned after Supper)

Secretary/Treasurer – Willie Shanks  Assistant Secretary/Treasurer – John Mathers

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Saturday 27th January 1979

 Click for Supper Programme 1979

Chairman

Eddie McCue

Croupiers

Angus Swan  &  Charlie Clancy

Bard

Willie Shanks

Piper

Kerr Cowan

Selkirk Grace

Rev. David D. Ogston

Address to a Haggis

Tom Smith

Toast : The Queen

Eddie McCue

Toast : The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns

Bill Ramsay

Reply

John Tweedie

Toast : Let it Blaw

Dr David Sneddon

Toast : The Lasses

John Mathers

Toast : The Chairman

John Tweedie

Songs and Recitations

“Is ther for Honest Poverty”

Jimmie Dunbar

“Tam o’ Shanter”

Robin Rankin

Bard’s Oration

Willie Shanks

“The Balerno Song”

Harry Rankin

“Green Grow the Rashes O”

Harry Rankin

“Rantin, Rovin Robin [There was a Lad]”

Harry Rankin

“To a Mouse”

John Mathers

Honorary President

Harry Rankin

Honorary Members

Jock Taylor

Jock Borthwick

Office Bearers

President – Eddie McCue    Vice-President – vacant

Secretary/Treasurer – Willie Shanks    Assistant Secretary/Treasurer – John Mathers

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Saturday 26th January 1980

 Click for Supper Programme 1980

Chairman

Eddie McCue

Croupiers

Willie Shanks  &  John Mathers

Bard

Willie Shanks

Piper

Kerr Cowan

Selkirk Grace

Rev. David D. Ogston

“Address to a Haggis”

Jimmie Dunbar

Toast : The Queen

Eddie McCue

Toast : The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns

Dr David Sneddon

Appreciation

Jack Blair

Toast : The Lasses

George Skeoch

Reply

Rev. David D. Ogston

Toast : Let it Blaw

Willie Shanks

Toast : Chairman

Ian Falconer

Toast : Landlord

Malcolm Smith

Reply

John Mathers – Kestrel Hotel

Songs and Recitations

“Is there for Honest Poverty”

Jimmie Dunbar

“Rantin, Rovin Robin [There was a Lad]”

Harry Rankin

“Tam o’ Shanter”

Robin Rankin

Bard’s Oration

Willie Shanks

“Green Grow the Rashes O”

Harry Rankin

“Holy Willie’s Prayer”

Bill Ramsay

“To a Mouse”

John Mathers

“Willie Brew’d a Peck o’ Maut”

Harry RankinBill Ramsay  &  Jimmie Dunbar

Piper’s Selection

Kerr Cowan

Honorary President

Harry Rankin

Honorary Members

Jock Taylor

Jock Borthwick

Willie Shanks

Office Bearers

President – Eddie McCue    Vice-President – Angus Swan

Secretary/Treasurer – Willie Shanks    Assistant Secretary/Treasurer – John Mathers

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    Death of Significant Club Member

In the summer of 1980, an entry was made in the Club Minute Book by Secretary Willie Shanks in which he recorded the death of Robin Rankin. Together with his brother Harry, Robin had been the rock on which the Club existed from its resumption after the war years in 1955, through to the present day. Robin’s renditions of “Tam O Shanter” and the “Address to a Haggis” were legendary  and, for many years, annual events at the Club Suppers.

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