BURNS was well and truly celebrated in West Linton at the weekend.

An enjoyable evening was had by everyone who attended the Whipman Play’s Burns Supper at The Graham Institute on Saturday.

MC for the evening, Gareth Edwards, was hilarious jokes and stories.

The evening began with a trio of talented violin players from Peebles High School and continued with Hamish Dykes (Whipman 1997 and Chairman) piping in the haggis.

Ian Reid recited a very entertaining rendition of Address to a Haggis and the current Whipman Rob Norris said The Selkirk Grace.

After a delicious meal of soup, haggis, neeps and tatties as well as crannachan cheesecake, expertly catered for by The Gordon Arms Hotel, the top table guests gave lively and humorous speeches.

Martin Hannan gave an informed, educated and interactive Immortal Memory that was enjoyed by everyone.

Grant McLagan (Penicuik Hunter 2017) made the Toast to the Lassies a fun and light-hearted speech, and further impressed everyone with a poem he had written about the ladies in the hall.

Deb Armstrong gave an hilarious Reply from the Lassies and put all the men in the room firmly in their place.

Following the speeches Martin Hannan encouraged the company to recite Holy Willie’s Prayer – perhaps Burns’ funniest poem – creating more hilarity and laughter.

The evening concluded with songs and poems from the talented Torcull Kennedy.

A spokesperson said: “The Whipman Play Society would like to thank everyone who came along.

"We look hope and look forward to seeing you at the Whipman DVD night on February 17 at The Graham Institute.”