Bergen Scottish Society

Burns supper

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Saturday 26th January 2008 - Kjøttbasaren

Joe Findlay was back in town to produce the essential ingredient for the 2008 Burns Supper. This year so many orders had streamed in from as far apart as Trondheim, Stavanger, Oslo and Fredrikstad. Solheim Kjøtt kindly allowed Joe to use their premises for two days to make over 250kg of haggis. Once again this proved popular with the local media and a feature on NRK P1 radio programme Norgesglasset was followed up by articles in the Bergen papers.

This year the Burns Supper was organised in partnership with the Bergen branch of Norsk Malt Whisky Lag (NMWL). The dinner was held at Kjøttbasaren, right in the centre of Bergen, and guests were welcomed by Bergen Pipeband. Society Chairman and Master of Ceremonies James Hosea opened the evening, and Bergen Pipeband leader Chris Jones piped in Joe and one of his Chieftain haggii.

David Robertson gave the address to the haggis, and the Immortal Memory was delivered by Craig Morton. After the main course Grendakoret entertained the dinner guests with a trilogy of Burns songs. Joe regaled guests with tales of haggis mating habits and moves by the Scottish Government to protect the now endangered species. Svein Arne Frekhaug toasted the lassies in poetic style, and Cecile Rosenvold quoted extensively Burns in her reply from the lassies.

Then it was time to clear away the tables and for June Murison to lead the dancing into the wee small hours. The location, venue, catering were excellent and the staff did a great job. A thoroughly enjoyable night was had by all.