Charity boosted by Burns event

Sir Charles Gray gives the Immortal Memory
Sir Charles Gray gives the Immortal Memory

The Children in Need charity has received a massive boost following the 16th annual North Lanarkshire Council Burns Supper.

Sponsored by M&D’S Scotland’s Theme Park, the event in Motherwell Concert Hall was hosted by North Lanarkshire provost Tom Curley, this year raising £3,525 through the auction and raffle.

The traditional piping in of the haggis was performed by Cameron Strain and Alastair Leghorn from the North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band with the address to the haggis by Ronnie Wilson.

Council depute leader Jim Smith gave the Selkirk Grace before the guests enjoyed a traditional Burns menu of haggis, neeps and tatties.

Following the Loyal Toast from Sir Charles Gray, guests listened to Jim Gibson give the Immortal Memory and the Lament by Cameron Strain.

The Toast tae the Lassies was performed by Tommy Johnston and the Reply frae the Lassies was given by Margaret Dean. The musical entertainment throughout the evening was performed by the North Lanarkshire Schools Choral Group and Simply Sophisticated.

Provost Curley said: “This is an occasion I look forward to each year, and it was an honour to host the event which raises so much money for such a worthwhile cause.”

Full story in January 26 edition of Times & Speaker