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Inchture Area Twinning Association
The Inchture Area Twinning Association’s  Burns Supper was met with anticipation and excitement from the revellers gathered together to celebrate the life and work of the immortal bard and packed into the Rait Community Hall on the 22nd January 2011. The evening began with its customary welcome from the Chairperson, Jane Woodford, and was officiated by Mac Roberts, our Master of Ceremonies.
This event was the first’ fundraiser’ of the year, in preparation for the 20th Anniversary celebrations in 2013
Sandy Smith had everyone clapping with approval as he enthusiastically piped in Poosie Nancy and her haggis, weaving around the room, and guests. Poosie Nancy was sporting a French beret and micro kilt,to as she carried round the the prized pudding.
Sandy then set about addressing the dish with his usual panache and unique wit before whipping out his dirk ‘an cut you up wi’ ready slight’ opening up the beasty. Naturally, we celebrated as is the custom, with a wee dram.

The committee had transformed the Annat hall. Every table had red, white and blue and tartan napkins, flowers and candles on it. Portraits of the Bard, the French Tricolour and Scottish Saltire were hung on the hall stage.
David Littlejohn then offered the Selkirk Grace before we all heartily tucked in to a dinner fit for a gourmet’s table.
The meal was served and cleared with military precision and the quality of the food was simply outstanding!
Despite being apportioned quite sufficient I jumped at the opportunity to savour an extra helping. After everyone had taken their fill of oat and honey flapjacks and cheese and biscuits we settled down to the entertainment.

Neil Mudie regaled us with an educational and entertaining speech outlining the greatness and relevance of the poet in celebration of the Immortal Memory. The piece de resistance was his wife’s beautiful rendition, sung in French, of ‘Ye banks and Braes of Bonnie Doon’.
David Ferrard, a Scottish-American singer-songwriter based in Edinburgh, then treated us to a selection of his own moving and powerful compositions and compelling interpretations of songs by Robert Burns.
Russell Duncan followed with a very funny and slightly risqué Toast to the Lassies. Clare Hardy retorted with an equally funny but slightly uncomfortable (if you are a Laddie!) reply.
Much to everyone surprise Louise Klaassen then passionately recited Tam o' Shanter in all its glory. Truly a magnificent feat and example of an awesome disciplined memory by any standards.
At this point the tables were quickly drawn back to allow the dancing to begin.
David Littlejohn rounded off the evening with a vote of thanks, and I would like to echo his sentiments in thanking all the organisers and sponsors for a wonderful evening.
And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak' a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.
I for one say, here’s to the next Inchture Area Twinning Association Burns Supper.
David Webb, Pitroddie

And now a PS from the chairperson. –
Over the last few years several friends from Fléac have joined us for our Burns Supper. They so enjoyed the food, music and dancing, that they decided to organise their own Burns event.
This year the Fléac Twinning Committee held its first Burns Supper in the Chateau at Fléac.
Two special guests from The Inchture Area were Sandy and Mary Smith. Sandy took his bagpipes with him to pipe in the French Haggis !
Inchture Area Twinning Association has received an invitation for families and children to visit Fléac during the Scottish Easter holidays, 7th –12th April 2011.
You will stay with a French family, and your children can spend a day or two in Fléac Primary school if they wish. (The French school holidays are later than ours this year.)
Jane Woodford