2012 – Annual Celebration
The Annual Celebration commenced with the main guests being ceremonially paraded to the top table by Club Piper, Mr Ian White.
The President, Mrs Margaret Dickson, gave a warm welcome to all members and guests of Greenock Burns Club.
The Haggis Bearer, Amy Morrison (aged 9) and her twin brother John, were piped in by Rachael McDaid (aged 12) and Andew Muir (aged 13), members of the Inverclyde Juvenile Pipe Band, who both attend Clydeview Academy.
John Morrison then gave an excellent “Address to a Haggis”, which received a standing ovation for an outstanding performance.
During the meal the members and guests were entertained by Euan McDonald (aged 10) of St Ninian’s Primary School, Gourock, who sang a beautiful rendition of “Ye Banks and Braes”.
He was followed Matthew Cameron (aged 11) of St Columba’s School, Kilmacolm, who gave a wonderful recitation of “To a Louse”.
The President, Margaret Dickson, then gave a warm welcome to local solicitor, Mr Alasdair Hendry who proposed and excellent “Toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns”.
The President, Margaret Dickson, then had the pleasure of informing Alasdair that he was now the Honorary President of the Mother Club for the ensuing year and presented him with a framed certificate to commemorate the evening. The commemorative certificate bears the names of all the Past Honorary Presidents.
Mr Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Life Long Learning, then proposed the Toast to the Mother Club.
On behalf of the Mother Club, he then presented the young speakers and entertainers with framed certificates commemorating the evening and commented that Inverclyde should be justly proud to have young people with such outstanding abilities.
The president then introduced solicitor and former International Football Referee, Mr Kenneth Clark, who gave a very humorous and entertaining Toast to the Lassies.
He was followed by Opera Singer, Linda Ormiston OBE, who gave a hearty and satirical “Reply on Behalf of the Lassies”
During the course of the evening, the musical entertainment was provided by the very talented Chris Duffy on piano and Kieran Young on Clarinet. Both from St. Columba’s High School, Greenock.
Junior Vice-President, John Malcolm, then proposed a vote of thanks to all who participated in the organisation, preparation and entertainment of the Annual Celebration.
The evening was brought to a close with the singing of Auld Lang Syne.
The President Margaret Dickson, has expressed her delight at the response from members and guests, who proclaimed the evening to be a huge success.