History made at Saltire Society

Pat Harrow - the first lady to address the haggis at Saltire Society.

Pat Harrow - the first lady to address the haggis at Saltire Society.

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There was a good turnout for the annual Burns Lunch of the Kirriemuir Saltire Society.

An enjoyable traditional meal was cooked and served by the staff of the Thrums Hotel.

Robert Stewart was in the chair. The haggis was piped in by student Ben Anderson who has performed in this capacity for six years.

For the first time a lady, Pat Harrow, performed the address to the haggis. Grace was said by the chairman.

Ben then gave a recital on the pipes before everyone took part in the quiz, compiled each year by John Paterson.

Entertainment was provided by Sandy Ingram and Alan Morrison on fiddle and accordion respectively.

A vocal selection was sung by Pat Newman and the toast to Robert Burns was proposed by Jim Smith.

There was a surprise item when Suzanne Milne was persuaded to sing, and recitations were given by Ian Duncan.

A comprehensive vote of thanks was proposed by Marion Wallace and ‘Auld Lang Syne’ was enthusiastically sung by all.

The next meeting of the Kirriemuir Saltire Society takes place in the Old Parish Church Hall on Wednesday, February at 7.30 p.m. when Evelyn Hood speaks on the ‘Origins of Scottish Dance’.

Everyone will be made most welcome.

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