For the Bulletin
This past weekend saw the passing of another of the great poet Robbie Burns’ birthdays. In his honour, there were celebrations around the world and in our own backyard, Cranbrook held its own special Robbie Burns Dinner. The Kimberley Cranbrook Highland Dance Association hosted this.
Dinner was at the Heritage Inn with a splendid meal of roast beef, haggis, and mashed neeps. A scrumptious table absolutely full of desserts was baked and donated by the Kimberley Bakery. Pipe Major Jock Macdonald and the Honour Guard piped the Haggis in. Russ Kinghorn did a dramatic rendition of Burns’ Address to a Haggis, eventually “killing the haggis” as is tradition.
The Master of Ceremonies Robert McCue definitely did justice to the words and spirit of the Scottish Poet often likening the Bard’s words to modern day situations we can all learn from. Michelle Fuchs made a Toast to the Queen, while Patti and Scott Rear exchanged barbs with first a Toast to the Lassies and then Patti’s Reply. Dinner was started with a prayer from Pastor Bill Plant.
Dancers from the Hali Duncan and Liela Cooper Schools of Highland Dance then entertained the crowd. In addition to the traditional dances the bonnie lasses also performed three different choreographies.
The Kimberley Pipe Band came out to support and entertain as well, engaging the diners with a number of sets from their talented band.