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One of Perth's most popular winter social occasions, the Annual Dinner of the Perth Burns Club, was held in the Salutation Hotel, Perth on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Once again the event lived up to its reputation of being one of the country's leading mixed Burns Nights and the attendance of almost 150 members and guests enjoyed a memorable evening which featured speakers and performers of local, national and international acclaim.

Members of the top table group. Back row [l to r] Ian Grieve, Harry McGrath, Theresa Munoz, Iain Mackintosh, Fiona Mackintosh, Alan Grant, Donald Paton, Piper Robert Hamilton. Front row [l to r] Amanda Beveridge, Provost Liz Grant, President Ian Bett, John Swinney MSP, Wilma Paton.

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"Abune them aa ye tak your place". President Ian Bett addressing the haggis.

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The principal speaker, John Swinney MSP, proposing the Immortal Memory.



The principal speaker was John Swinney MSP, the cabinet secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth in the Scottish Government, who gave an inspired Immortal Memory which touched on how the legacy of Robert Burns is still relevant in the Scotland of today.

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A spirited reply to the toast to The Lasses was given by Amanda Beveridge.

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Freelance writer Harry McGrath proposed the toast to The Lasses.



A light-hearted toast to The Lasses was proposed by Harry McGrath from Edinburgh, a freelance writer and former co-ordinator of the Centre for Scottish Studies at Vancouver's Simon Fraser University, with a witty and feisty reply given in rhyme by the well-known Scottish actress Amanda Beveridge.

The entertainment was again of the accustomed high standard. Renowned Scottish fiddler Patsy Reid, who at 17 was a finalist in the orginal BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award and remains the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship, enthralled the gathering with her delightful playing of both Burns and traditional Scottish music. A mix of familiar and some less familiar Burns songs were beautifully sung by Kenneth Maciver [baritone], Wilma Paton [soprano] and Paul Vaughan [tenor]. Their accompanist was Andrew Forbes and the piper was Robert Hamilton.

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"A Red, Red Rose"; Paul Vaughan, tenor.

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"Hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys and reels"; fiddle virtuoso Patsy Reid.

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"Ae Fond Kiss"; Kenneth Maciver, baritone.

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"O Whistle an I'll Come to Ye, My Lad"; Wilma Paton, soprano.

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"He screw'd the pipes and gart them skirl"; Robert Hamilton, piper.

Olivia Donnet, a pupil at Dunblane High School and winner of the President's Salver at Perth Burns Club's schools festival last November, recited "The Braw Wooer". The tale of "Tam o' Shanter" was performed in candlelight by club secretary Donald Paton who also read the greetings from Kindred Clubs and Caledonian Societies.

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"He begged for Gudesake! I wad be his wife"; Olivia Donnet.

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"O'er a' the ills o life victorious!"; Donald Paton.

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Andrew Forbes, accompanist, pictured with Wilma Paton and Kenneth Maciver.

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Iain Mackintosh gives thanks for a fine evening's entertainment.

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"An sae the Lord be thankit"; Rev Geoffrey Hall.



The evening was under the chairmanship of club president Ian Bett who also gave a spirited address to the haggis and proposed the Loyal Toast. The Selkirk Grace was said by the Rev Geoffrey Hall.

A comprehensive vote of thanks was proposed by the club's vice-president Iain Mackintosh and the evening ended at 11.30pm with the traditional singing of "Auld Lang Syne".

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All photographs courtesy of Elliott Boyle, Perth Burns Club.
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