Tuesday 21st January 2020

PREPARATIONS are going well for the Sons Supporters Trust’s fundraising Burns Supper, which takes place at the C&G Systems Stadium on Friday, January 31.

Organised by the Sons Supporters Trust as a fundraiser for Dumbarton FC, the event is now less than a fortnight away and a top-class evening is in store.

There are still spaces available at £30 a head, and anybody interested can get in touch with Andrew Galloway at

Andrew said: “It’s incredibly how quickly things have moved but we are now entering the important final couple of weeks.

“All those involved have been a pleasure to deal with and we can’t wait for it to happen. It will be a top class evening of celebrating Scotland’s national bard while supporting DFC at the same time.”

A fantastic bill of speakers and performers is set for the night – see below the poster graphic.

The Immortal Memory will be given by Graham Hill. A school teacher by day, Graham has been active on the after-dinner speaking and Burns circuit for many years. President of Helensburgh Burns Club for 2019/20, Graham has experience of speaking at several prestigious venues including the Caledonian Club in London and is well-received wherever he goes. He has also spoken at the Lord Provost of Glasgow’s Burns Supper and at Oxford University.

Giving the Toast to the Lassies will be David Carson. A Sons fan for decades, and former Sonstrust chairman, David, better known as Kit, is a well-known face (and voice) around the C&G Systems Stadium. Highly knowledgeable on all things Scottish, Kit is also an experienced after-dinner speaker who has also made his voice heard in the national media.

Replying for the Lassies will be Helen Gillan. Helen is head teacher of Cairns Primary School in Glasgow, a school steeped in Burns whose pupils achieve great success in the Bridgeton Burns Club’s annual schools competition. She is a refreshing Burns speaker who was made an honorary member of Helensburgh Burns Club in recognition of two excellent performances at club events last year.

Club poet Stephen Watt – the voice behind our recent promotional video – will be on the bill for the evening, and there will also be top-class musical entertainment from folk duo The Midgies and from piper Colin Lawrie.

Master of ceremonies on the evening will be DFC chairman John Steele.

Please note that unfortunately John and Lesley Young, who were previously advertised for the supper, are now unable to perform.

Andrew, who will also be reciting Burns’ iconic poem Tam o Shanter as part of the evening’s festivities, added: “These performers are in high demand during the Burns Supper season and we’re delighted that they are able to perform for us.”

If you’re interested in attending and haven’t booked your spaces yet, email as soon as possible.

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