Monday 25th January 2021

THIS week, we would have been staging the Sonstrust Burns Supper at the C&G Systems Stadium.

Unfortunately, there are obvious reasons why the event cannot take place. A decision was taken in November to postpone the event until 2022 due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on social gatherings.

And plans are well underway for that evening, which will be on Friday, January 28, 2022. We invite all our supporters to pencil this date into their diaries.

We are also glad to advise that most of our planned speakers and performers for 2021 have confirmed that they will be on the bill for next year instead.

Delivering the Immortal Memory will be Professor Gerry Carruthers, a director of the Robert Burns Centre at the University of Glasgow. He is also a lecturer at the University and is a world-renowned source of knowledge on all things to do with Scotland’s National Bard.

Switching speeches this year, Graham Hill returns to the Sonstrust supper, this time to give the Toast to the Lassies. A local school teacher and current president of Sandyford Burns Club in Glasgow, Graham’s Immortal Memory last year was extremely well-received. Among the other venues Graham has spoken at have been Oxford University and the Caledonian Club in London.

Replying for the Lassies will be Yvonne Waring. A talented actress who has performed at the Edinburgh Festival many times, Yvonne’s talents on the Burns speaking circuit are becoming very well-known. She was very well-received at another local supper this time last year and we are looking forward to hearing her speak at the stadium.

Other spots on the bill are occupied by members of the Sons support. Robert Ryan will provide musical entertainment on the night while club poet Stephen Watt is also back for the second time to recite poetry. Having excelled with his address to the haggis last year, Jack Brough will be reciting Tam o’ Shanter this time around. Reprising his role as master of ceremonies will be Sons chairman John Steele, and Colin Lawrie will once again perform on the bagpipes.

It all makes for an exciting line-up which we hope Sons fans will be able to join us for – and that by then, events will be allowed to take place again.

We won’t take any bookings for the supper until it is clearer whether it will be possible to stage the event. But please do keep Friday, January 28, 2022 in your diaries for an evening celebrating Scotland’s National Bard at DFC.

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