THE KIRRIEMUIR Saltire Society and friends recently gathered for the annual Burns Lunch which proved to be a feast of home-grown talent.
Special guests included Jim Tough, chief executive of the Saltire Society and Sarah Mason also from headquarters in Edinburgh.
The branch honoured founder member Betty Allan on her forthcoming 90th birthday.
The haggis was piped in by Ben Anderson, a veteran at the task despite his youth, and addressed by the chairman, Bob Stewart, also current President of the Robert Burns World Federation.
After a short Burns Grace by Valerie MacAlister, the Thrums served up traditional fare whilst the annual quiz, compiled by John Paterson, was tackled.
The programme was led by Ben’s piping recital then Lindsay and Yvonne Downie performed on the fiddle and accordion. Joe Aitken then performed Burns songs and Bothy Ballads.
Craig Rodger, Bard of Cupar Burns Club, gave the Toast to Robert Burns and from Joe Smith came excerpts from Burns’ works including Tam O’ Shanter.
Ian Cran, winner of the quiz, gave the vote of thanks and proceedings closed with the singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’
On Wednesday, February 13, David Binnie will speak on Thomas Cochrane: Sailor, Politician and Liberator.