Bergen Scottish Society

Burns Supper

• Burns' Supper
Saturday 28th January - Fløien Folkerestuarant, Bergen

Our third year in a row at Fløien Folkerestuarant, the Bergen Scottish Society's annual Burns Supper was another success. Findlay's haggis made it to the tables and our stomachs, even though Joe wasn't able to join us this year in person. We missed you Joe! But we owe you many thanks for the wonderful haggis spices you sent so that our friends at Solheim Kjøtt had no problems creating a winning version of your tasty treat. Folks enjoyed it so much, they bought out our extras right there and then!

Once again, Bergen Pipes and Drums were on hand to provide a warm welcome for guests as they arrived at Fløyen. And Grendakoret kicked off our evening by singing a selection of Burns songs before we retired to the dining hall.

Pipeband member and award winning piper Helge Jeppesen piped in the haggis, proudly borne on silver tray by James Fulton. The Address to a Haggis was dramatically delivered to great effect by a Dumfries lassie, Laura McGuffie.

Even with our regular and outstanding Master of Ceremonies, James Hosea, the head table featured more female speakers than male, with the current Chairperson, Barbara McIntosh, delivering The Immortal Memory, in honour of Robert Burns. She was aided by David MacLeod in the reading of Burns poetry, who in his Toast to the Lassies, recited a magnificent rhyme of his own creation. June Murison kept the women in stitches with her facts of mis-matched socks and tales of procrastination, traits purported to be more prevalent in the male species. By the way, June, congratulations on your Burns Supper Grand-slam!

Bergen Pipes & Drums showed off their honed sound of the pipes, the roar of the bass drum and visual effects of the tenor drums before the evening was rounded off with some ceilidh dancing and eventually closed with Auld Lang Syne, played by three pipers, who also entertained the passengers in the last Fløiebane train down the mountain.