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Celebrations begin for Lowson centenary

The Lowson Memorial Church in Forfar held its Burns Supper in the church hall on Saturday evening, the first major event in the church's centenary year. The top table was, from left -  Bill McDonald, chairman; David Donald (Tam OShanter); Pat McDonald ( Reply on behalf of the Lasses); David Arnot, (Address to the Haggis); Alice Whyte, (Haggis Bearer); Bill Carr, (Toast to the Lasses); Iain Rae, (Immortal Memory); Eric Galloway, piper.

The Lowson Memorial Church in Forfar held its Burns Supper in the church hall on Saturday evening, the first major event in the church's centenary year. The top table was, from left - Bill McDonald, chairman; David Donald (Tam OShanter); Pat McDonald ( Reply on behalf of the Lasses); David Arnot, (Address to the Haggis); Alice Whyte, (Haggis Bearer); Bill Carr, (Toast to the Lasses); Iain Rae, (Immortal Memory); Eric Galloway, piper.

The first event of the Forfar Lowson Memorial Parish Church’s Centenary Year was the annual Burns Supper held on Saturday when the guests were warmly welcomed by Bill McDonald, chairman.

The haggis, carried by Alice Whyte, was piped in by Eric Galloway and, with blade whistling, ably addressed by David Arnot. Graces were said by Rev Dr Karen Fenwick and Bill McDonald. Following a meal of traditional fare, Iain Rae gave an interesting ‘Immortal Memory’ and David Donald recited a spirited ‘Tam o’ Shanter’. A humorous ‘Toast to the Lassies’ was given by Bill Carr to which Pat McDonald replied in similar fashion. Entertainment was provided by singer and story-teller John Fyfe and Pip de Klerk, who played the clarsach.

Ron Leslie thanked all for an enjoyable occasion and the evening ended with the singing of “The Star of Rabbie Burns”.

 

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