Photo Gallery: Celebrating Robbie Burns, the Scottish Bard

Photo Gallery: Celebrating Robbie Burns, the Scottish Bard

Robbie Burns Night a success

By all accounts the haggis was pleasing, if mild, at this year’s Robbie Burns Night.

An annual tradition at the Royal Canadian Legion, Br.139, the evening was a celebration of all things Scottish, and, of course, the poet Robbie Burns.

The occasion, held Jan. 20, is a celebration of Robbie Burns’s birthday. The bard was highly regarded in Scotland by the common folk of the land, and was well known for his poetry, written in thick Scottish brogue, that spoke to the people.

There’s an art to these occasion, and Robbie Burns Nights across North America all have a similar flavour.

Beginning with the piping in of the haggis, the evening was already off to a good start by the time dinner was served.

The evening continued afterwards with a full program.

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Ron Hume, whose father helped start Robbie Burns nights in Williams Lake and who has attended ever since, delivered an impassioned Immortal Memory speech, where he thanked organizer Vivian MacNeil for “perpetuating the immortal in the immortal memory” by keeping the Robbie Burns Nights running in Williams Lake. MacNeil received a standing ovation from the crowd.

It wouldn’t be a Robbie Burns Night without the bagpipes, and the Williams Lake Pipe Band didn’t disappoint. With their youngest member only 12, the band delighted the intergenerational audience with their skills.

Barry Sale, true to form, delivered a Toast to the Lassies filled with Robbie Burns’ history with the lassies, while MacNeil delivered a witty response in her Reply to the Laddies.

To end the evening Doug White, the master of all things Scottish, performed a rousing rendition of The Star of Robbie Burns.

At the end of the evening many reminisced about nights past, or thoughts of Scotland and Scottish ancestors as Auld Lang Syne ended the formal events.

For those who stayed later, the Remarkables took the stage for those who continued to celebrate.

 

Master of all things Scottish, Doug White, leads the crowd in a rendition of “The Star of Robbie Burns.”

Master of all things Scottish, Doug White, leads the crowd in a rendition of “The Star of Robbie Burns.”

Sharlene MacMurchy serves haggis to hungry attendees of Robbie Burns night. Most enjoyed the haggis this year, saying that while it was mild, it was delightful.

Sharlene MacMurchy serves haggis to hungry attendees of Robbie Burns night. Most enjoyed the haggis this year, saying that while it was mild, it was delightful.

Photo Gallery: Celebrating Robbie Burns, the Scottish Bard

Photo Gallery: Celebrating Robbie Burns, the Scottish Bard

Photo Gallery: Celebrating Robbie Burns, the Scottish Bard

Pipesmen, and many others in the audience, were decked out from head to toe. Some even wore the tartan of their family clans.

Pipesmen, and many others in the audience, were decked out from head to toe. Some even wore the tartan of their family clans.

Doug White, master of all things Scottish, piped with a trio of pipers during one of the evening’s bagpipe performances.

Doug White, master of all things Scottish, piped with a trio of pipers during one of the evening’s bagpipe performances.

Photo Gallery: Celebrating Robbie Burns, the Scottish Bard

Photo Gallery: Celebrating Robbie Burns, the Scottish Bard

Greg Greene, a member of the Williams Lake Pipe Band, plays for audiences at Robbie Burns Night, Saturday.

Greg Greene, a member of the Williams Lake Pipe Band, plays for audiences at Robbie Burns Night, Saturday.

Ron Hume thanks Vivian MacNeil in an emotional In Immortal Memory speech for ensuring the yearly continuation of Robbie Burns night.

Ron Hume thanks Vivian MacNeil in an emotional In Immortal Memory speech for ensuring the yearly continuation of Robbie Burns night.

Photo Gallery: Celebrating Robbie Burns, the Scottish Bard