“A Scottish Evening” for Tall Ships Crew


Between Saturday, 9th July and Tuesday 12th July 2011, Greenock hosted the famous Tall Ships Race. The weather was kind to us and the sun shone. Over 100,000 visitors attended the event at the James Watt Dock, Greenock and a number of events were organised for the crews of the 70 Tall Ships who had made their way to Greenock.

The Greenock Burns Club, in conjunction with the Ardgowan Bowling Club, organised a Scottish Evening for a number of the crews.

The guests were welcomed by Jim Engebretsen, President of the Bowling Club. There after, Robert Pinkerton of the Bowling Club acted as M.C for the evening.

The Greenock Burns Club, with Margaret Dickson, President, at the helm, then did what the know best, they organised the entertainment for the evening.

Billy McCready piped in the haggis. Thereafter Joe Harkins, Past President, introduced and explained the tradition of the haggis.

The Haggis was then ably addressed by Emily McCurdy of Aileymill Primary School.

The evening continued with the Scottish Dancers of Aileymill Primary School, who entertained everyone with a number of traditional dances, including the sailor’s hornpipe.

Veronique Preud’homme entertained us with a number of popular songs.

Jamie Donnelly gave recitations of “The Ballad of Janitor Mackay” and “A Man’s A Man For A’ That”

During the interval, the guests were treated to haggis and a “wee dram”.

Other members of the Burns Club, too numerous to mention, assisted by doing the raffle, selling homemade tablet, shortbread etc. They also gave our guests an opportunity to obtain some Burns memorabilia, including Robert Burns whisky.

The “Final Curtain” was drawn on the evening when George Bryden, Past President, entertained everyone with a number of well known songs, including “I’m A Yanky Doodle Dandy”, accompanied by Bertie Barr on the keyboard.

John Malcolm, Junior Vice-President, gave the vote of thanks to all who participated in making the evening a resounding success.

The evening came to a close with everyone present joining together in “Auld Lang Syne”.

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