Probus Club meeting has a Burns flavour

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Ellon Probus Club paid homage to the Haggis and Rabbie Burns at its recent meeting

As members tucked into helpings of haggis, neeps and tatties, donated by the Scottish Wild Haggis Management and Conservation Society, president Norman Davidson gave a detailed account of a Deeside haggis shoot.

The haggis, Norman claimed, is a solitary retiring animal, something of a cross between a sheep, pig and fox with a mating call that resembles the drone of the bagpipes.

It is now found only in the more remote parts of the Highlands but stocks are high and it’s in no danger of extinction. Norman’s claims were backed by two club members who claimed to have seen haggis in the wild - there was, however, no indication given as to their mental well-being or recent alcoholic consumption.

As Norman claimed, the haggis must be alive and well, why else would the Edinburgh-based Haggis Tour company take visitors on tours if there were none to see?

The meeting then honoured Rabbie Burns. Charles Reid piped in the ritual haggis.

Alan Cameron then performed, in true ‘Britain’s got Talent’ style, the traditional address. Thankfully, with the gusto Alan cleaved open the haggis, he took up teaching as a career and not surgery.

Alan, accompanied by Alison Young, entertained with a selection of Burns’ songs, tales and visions. An amusing vote of thanks was given by Albert Gibson.

The next meeting is on February 12 when George Esson will talk about the Lockerbie disaster.