24th January 2020 — On Saturday 18th January, the Fettes College annual Burns Supper was held in the dining room. Almost 400 pupils from 4th to upper 6th form were in attendance, and as always Mr Wood and his catering department served up an excellent supper of haggis, which was piped in by Monty H, and addressed by Duncan W, whose vigorous delivery was appreciated by all.
The Immortal Memory, delivered by Mr McDowell, focused on how Burns might enjoy life in 21st century Fettes, whilst Mr Joll gave a literary flourish to his witty Toast to the Lassies. Miss Gueganton’s shamelessly populist Lassies’ Reply examined which Fettes boys’ houses the recent Love Island contestants might be found in. These comic performances were very popular with the audience, as were the lower 6th ‘Burns Unit’ and their extraordinary rendition of Tam O’Shanter, Burns’ epic narrative Scots poem.
Music was provided by Rose B and Jael S, who gave a beautiful ‘Loch Lomond’ followed by a splendid ‘My Love is like a Red, Red Rose’ by Elise E; Larry W accompanied on piano. Pipers Monty H, Finlay D, Seb A, and Hector T got feet stomping with a very popular performance.
The evening concluded with warm thanks to all the contributors and the traditional singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne.’ A popular Scottish tradition for two centuries, Burns night has become a very popular fixture in the Fettes calendar and this year’s was much enjoyed.
Our thanks go to Mr Collister, Mrs Harrison, Mr McDowell & Mr Wood for all their organisation.