Largs Cronies Burns Club held its 29th Annual Dinner at the Willowbank Hotel on Thursday 25 January. The proceedings were opened with a welcome to members and guests from Club President, David Galt, followed by the saying of Grace by Rev David Watson. The Haggis was addressed by Rev Bill Armstrong, having been piped in by club piper, Allan Wilson.

The Principal Speaker for the evening was Angus Middleton, a Past President of the Robert Burns World Federation (and the newest recruit to Largs Cronies), who, in his inimitable style, delivered a superb “Immortal Memory”, while club member Willie Menzies, proposed the “Toast to the Lasses”. The evening’s entertainment included recitations from club members, Ross McCallum (The Death and Dying Words of Poor Mailie), Iain Currie (Reply to a Trimming Epistle received from a Tailor) and Angus Middleton (The Soldier's Return), and singers, Rev Bill Armstrong and Joe McGinty, accompanied by Ronnie Munton, entertained us with a varied selection of Burns’ songs.

The Secretary, Brian Jackson, read greetings received from kindred Burns Clubs and Raymond Connal, proposed the Toast to the Club.

The raffle, organised by Club Treasurer, Craig Anderson, raised the sum of £261 which goes towards the Annual Schools' Competition.

A most enjoyable evening was concluded with a Vote of Thanks given by Vice President Joe McGinty, followed by rousing renditions of "The Star of Robbie Burns" and "Auld Lang Syne".