2017 – Inverclyde Secondary Schools Burns Supper

The 29th Inverclyde Secondary Schools Burns Supper was held on the evening of Thursday 16th February, 2016, when family and friends gathered at Inverclyde Academy for this special evening, which showcases the talents of the young people of Inverclyde.

The evening got off to a great start with Rory Cameron piping in the top table guests.

Mrs Denise Crawford, Head Teacher of Inverclyde Academy, warmly welcomed all of the guests and stated she was proud that her school was the host of this years Burns Supper.

Jim Donnelly, President of the Mother Club, then took control of the proceedings and welcomed everyone on behalf of the Greenock Burns Club and hoped they would enjoy the evening.

To begin the evening Alicia Maxwell of Craigmarloch School had the pleasure of reciting the Selkirk grace.

Rory Cameron then piped in the haggis, which was proudly carried by Kyle Johnstone. This was followed by Nathan McLean, who gave an excellent “Address to a Haggis”.

Everyone then sat down to enjoy the tradition meal of Cock a leekie soup, haggis neeps and tatties followed by ice cream.

After the meal, Jim Donnelly introduced Jack Denny of Inverclyde Academy, who proposed the Toast to The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns. This was a well presented and received a standing ovation.

The next speaker was Ewan Boyle of Notre Dame High School,  who proposed a very humorous “Toast to the Lasses” interspersed with information and poems from the Bard .

The reply to Ewan’s Toast was given by Kirsten Bell of Inverclyde Academy, who made an equally humorous “Reply” and highlight the failing of the men.

The evening was interspersed with Burns poetry recitations, songs and the playing of an array of instruments, which showcased the talents of the young people of Inverclyde.

As the evening drew towards a close, Jonny Murray of Port Glasgow High School gave a very comprehensive “Vote of Thanks” to everyone involved in organising the Burns Supper, one of the highlights of the Burns Calendar in Inverclyde.

The evening concluded in the traditional manner with everyone singing “Auld Lang Syne”.

Thanks go to this year’s hosts – Inverclyde Academy, who made all of the programmes and table settings.

A special thanks must go to McKechnie Jess butchers for their continued support by donating their award winning haggis for the Burns Supper yet again.

A further thanks to the Greenock Burns Club for the financial support of the Burns Supper.

The 2018 Burns Supper will be hosted by St. Stephens High School, Port Glasgow

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Jack DennyInverclyde AcademyImmortal Memory
Ewan BoyleNotre Dame High SchoolToast to the Lasses
Kirsten BellInverclyde AcademyReply to Toast to the Lasses
Rory CameronInverclyde AcademyPiping
Alicia MaxwellCraigmarloch SchoolSelkirk Grace
Kyle JohnstoneCraigmarloch SchoolHaggis-bearer
Nathan McLeanInverclyde AcademyAddress to a Haggis
Joanna Crossan
Sian Campbell
Clydeview AcademyCa' The Yowes
Alan HunterClydeview AcademyO My Love is like a Red, Red Rose
Robbie PedenClydeview AcademyTan O'Shanter (Extract)
Kirsten Mackay
Louise Mackay
Connor Bristow
Port Glasgow High SchoolMedley (Woodwind)
Karten McLeodClydeview AcademyYe Banks and Braes
Ailee GrayInverclyde AcademyAe Fond Kiss
John MorrisonNotre Dame High SchoolWillie Wastle
Adam DochertyPort Glasgow High School The Deil's Awa wi th' Exciseman
Amy MorrisonNotre Dame High SchoolHighland Mary
Holly CallaghanSt. Stephens High SchoolA Rosebud by me Early Walk
Kiera Keenan
Megan McShane
Inverclyde AcademyA Man's A Man (Folk Ensemble)
Jonny MurryPort Glasgow High SchoolVote of Thanks

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