HAPPY BIRTHDAY RABBIE BURNS
On 25th January, a Scottish Poet’s birthday is celebrated the world over. A birthday which falls on 25 December is celebrated by a percentage of the world ~ but Rabbie’s birthday is celebrated in every country in the world; by everyone, everywhere. What an achievement. What an Immortal Memory!
The traditional Feis Ile Burns Supper was held in the White Hart Hotel in Port Ellen.
There was a peat fire roaring in the grate when we arrived, we were welcome with a dram of Lagavulin 16 yo.
The dining room was beautifully decorated with red roses and white heather .
We said the Selkirk Gace before dining ~
Some hae meat and canna eat
And some wad eat that want it
But we hae meat and we can eat
And sae the Lord be thankit
Dinner was lovely: soup was peppery, mashed potatoes were creamy, haggis was fresh…..
Our top table, comprising Donald Gillies. Jackie Thomson of Ardbeg fame, our MC Calum Murray formerly of Islay High School, John Campbell Manager of Laphroaig Distillery and John Findlay of Kilbride Farm.
Their speeches were brilliant. Donald’s witty, clever homage to Burns and Scotland in The Imortal Memory
John Campbell, entertained us with his Toast to the Lassies.
Jackie had us roaring with laugher at her truthful, cheeky and very daring Reply from the Lassies
We had more Lagavulin 16 yo, we listened to great singers from all over the island and a young piper from Port Ellen
And then after laughing, eating, drinking, singing, & enjoying each others company into the wee small hours ~
We went home!