Extract – Burns Chronicle 1996

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Our thanks to Jimmy Johnstone for this Report.

 

 

340. BALERNO BURNS CLUB. Now in its 116th year,

held the Annual Supper in the Kestrel Hotel on 27th

January 1996.  Despite appalling weather conditions, a

Total of 83 members and guests sat down to a traditionally

fulsome meal followed by an excellent programme. In

this year of the bi-centenary of the death of Robert Burns,

it was perhaps fitting that the Club should have its first

guest speaker proposing the Immortal Memory of the

Bard. But the Principal Speaker was no stranger to the

Club, for the Rev. David Ogston, now resident in Perth,

had previously delivered the Immortal Memory in 1977,

while Minister of Balerno Parish Church. As on that

memorable occasion, he again received the unanimous

acclaim of the audience. Speaking from the heart, the Rev.

Ogston, who is a leaned authority on Burns, compared

the poet’s life with that of another of  Scotland’s sons,

the recently deceased Norman McCaig. A speech that

was received with fascination and approval throughout

the hall. Other highlights were Ken McDonald’s first

“Tam O Shanter”; the address by W. Ramsay, Honorary

Vice President of the Club, and a “Live Satellite Link”

With Houston, USA, where Jimmy Johnstone was able

to deliver the Bard’s Oration. This innovative performance

was greeted with good humoured incredulity by the

Company who were later reassured by the Producer, Ken

Falconer, that the cost involved would not result in any

increase in annual subscriptions! Congratulations must

go to President, Alex Hood and his hard working

Committee for their part in making the evening such a

success and the overall opinion of those attending was

that next year’s event cannot come quick enough. In

association with our sister club Marchbank, we continue

to support our local schools’ participation in several Burns

Competitions.                                                         J.J.