LAST weekend, the Graham Institute, West Linton, hosted the Whipman Play's Burns Supper.

Saturday (January 25) evening began with the Master of Ceremonies, Ian Reid, introducing the fellow guests of the top table, Jennifer Caw, Martin Hannan and Derek Wilson, to the large audience.

Then the evening's festivities kicked off with the chairman of the Whipman Play Society, and former Whipman 1997, Hamish Dykes, piping in the Haggis.

Hamish was followed by the Master of Ceremonies giving a passionate performance of the ‘Address to a Haggis'.

Whipman 2019, Guy Thorley, delivered the Selkirk Grace, before the packed crowd enjoyed their supper which was provided by Jordan Macfarlane from the Pyet Deli.

The night continued with the highly anticipated speeches, first to speak was Martin Hannan, who was joined by Deborah Armstrong. The duo shared the history of the Bard through the Immortal Memory.

Derek Wilson, who was the Penicuik Hunter in 1986, gave the toast to the Lasses, and had the audience laughing as he made jokes at the expense of members of the audience.

Derek's toast was then followed by the Lasses' reply, courtesy of Jennifer Caw (Edinburgh Lass 2018).

As the celebrations came to a end, the night concluded with a musical performance from George and Charlie, featuring classic Burns songs such as 'The Star ‘O’ Rabbie Burns' and 'Auld Lang Syne'.

The Whipman Play Society said: "We would like to thank everyone who came along.

"Our next event is the Junior Disco on Friday 31st January and Coffee Morning on Saturday 1st February, the final voting date for Whipman 2020."