In February/March 2020, it became apparent that a major disease, first seen in China, was spreading throughout the world. Many aspects of day to day life in Scotland were affected by the spread of the virus with the Government closing down large numbers of businesses, schools, colleges and preventing travel both internationally and at home.
Late December 2020 saw the beginning of vaccinations on a large scale throughout the country with full coverage unlikely until late 2021. The vast majority of Burns Suppers scheduled for January 2021 were cancelled as it was illegal to hold such large events.
‘Let it Blaw’ took the decision not to cancel our supper and it was agreed to host a gathering of members online using the relatively new Zoom system. Speakers were told to reduce the length of toasts and replies from what would otherwise have been thought normal, and the number of songs and recitations were reduced to ensure the meeting lasted for about three hours which was deemed long enough for the online format.