Carrick Sports Club’s Annual Burns
Supper was held last Friday and was very well attended. Alan Murray
chaired the evening and put the audience at ease with his competent
and humorous manner. He made mention of the passing in the last year
of Tom and Murray Cook who had been stalwarts of this event for
almost 50 years. Alan was also impressed by the number of young
people in attendance.
Bryce McCulloch piped in the haggis and addressed it with gusto in
an excellent performance. Alex Meek recited the Selkirk Grace before
the company enjoyed an excellent meal. The Fiddlers fae Ayr - Danny
MacPherson, Kenny Turner and Danny Murphy - then treated the
audience to a selection of Burns’ music. They also entertained at
intervals during the evening.
The Immortal Memory was proposed by Robbie Duncan, from Kilmarnock,
and he made reference to the Bard’s connections with Maybole and of
the relevance of his words today in the troubled world we live in.
It was a very humorous and thought-provoking tribute much
appreciated by those present. Mervyn Stuart, from Ayr, then
enthralled his audience with his interpretation of “Death and Dr
Hornbrook “and later had them spellbound with his recitation of “Tam
The Toast tae the Lassies was proposed by Scott Morrison who had his
audience in tears of laughter when explaining how misunderstood the
males of the species are by the lassies. Scott really emphasised the
theme of humour, which permeated the whole evening. Robin (Gus)
Geddes certainly added to that theme with his hilarious take on
“Willie brew’d a peck o’ maut”. This was Gus at his very best and
there was not a dry eye in the house!
Bill McCubbin, in proposing the vote of thanks to all the
participants, recalled the history of this particular Burns Supper
going back to the Maybole Toastmasters in the 1960s. This was
carried on by the Carrick Speakers Club and latterly by the Sports
Due to the uncertain future of the Sports Club, his hope was that a
way could be found to continue the tradition of this Burns Supper in
Maybole in the years to come. “It would be a tragedy if occasions
like this were allowed to fade into the past,” he concluded.