On Saturday 5 March 2022, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow Charity Burns Night was held in the Marriot Hotel, Glasgow. This event was in aid of the Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity which is the Provincial Grand Master's nominated charity for this year.
The event was expertly organised by Substitute Provincial Grand Master, Brother Robert Shaw and the Chairman for the evening's festivities was Brother Iain T. Gordon.
Brother Shaw is the President of the Bridgeton Burns Club and is a Past President of the Thistle Burns Club. Brother Gordon is the Immediate Past President of the Bridgeton Burns Club. They are pictured above with the Provincial Grand Master, Brother Andrew Mushet and the Substitute Grand Master, Brother James C. Peddie, IPPGM of Glasgow.
The evening commenced with the top table being piped into the Ballroom by Provincial Grand Piper, Brother Iain Kennedy.
The Chairman then welcomed the Brethren and their Gentleman Guests before introducing the Top Table. At this point, the Provincial Grand Master presented a cheque to the Robert Burns World Federation Schools Competition which was accepted by Brother Alan Beck, Senior Vice-president of that body. He also presented a cheque for £7,700 to Assistant Grand Secretary, Brother Duncan McFadyen, towards the Prostate Scotland Make it a Million Appeal being run by the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
The evening began with the Address to a Haggis which was recited by Brother Alan Beck Past Master, Past President of Greenock Mother Club and Senior Vice President Robert Burns World Federation.
The assembled Brethren and Guests then enjoyed a fantastic meal provided by the talented chefs at the Marriot Hotel.
After Dinner it was over to Brother Beck again who entertained the audience with a stunning performance of some of the Bard's best known songs. He was accompanied by Gordon Cree, a very talented musician. The duo provided several musical interludes throughout the evening which were thoroughly enjoyed by the attendees.
The main event of the evening was next and Brother Iain Glennie Past Master, Past President of the Bridgeton Burns Club, delivered a memorable, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable Immortal Memory which concluded with rapturous applause from all present.
After the serious business of the evening had been delivered to such a high standard, the Brethren and their guests were treated to a fantastic recitation by Brother John Hutcheson Past Master, Past President of the Thistle Burns Club.
This was a thoroughly entertaining and humerous presentation which was enjoyed by all present.
The next performance of the evening was from the man who pulled it all together, Brother Robert Shaw Past Master, President of the Bridgeton Burns Club, Past President of the Thistle Burns Club, who proposed the Toast to the Lassies.
Brother Shaw was his usual entertaining self and had the crowd laughing in no time at all as he delivered his very original and funny toast.
After this, it was the turn of Mr Ian Ross, Vice President of the Kilbryde Burns Club and Past President of the Thistle Burns Club, to give a suitable reply on behalf of the Lassies.
He did so in an excellent manner and his perfomance was very much enjoyed by the assembled crowd.
Throughout the evening, various fundraising was carried to assist the Provincial Grand Master's chosen Charity, the Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity. This charity fundraise to ensure that every baby, child and young person treated at Scotland's largest children's hospital receives the extra special care they deserve and it is a most worthy cause. There was a raffle and an auction during the evening's festivities and the attendees were most generous with their contributions.
As a result of the evening, the Provincial Grand Master is delighted to announce that the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow will be making a donation of £10,000 to the Charity.
Brother Mushet wishes to thank all who attended, the artistes on the evening, the staff at the Marriot Hotel who looked after the guests so well and Substitute Provincial Grand Master, Brother Robert Shaw who organised the evening on behalf of the Province.
All photographs courtesy of William Johnston Photography