Guest post by Bob Pynegar
On the 25th of January a really splendid event took place at Woodbourne House in Douglas. Hospice Isle of Man and the Diana Princess of Wales Care at Home Trust got together to organise a fabulous Burns Night supper. Around 150 guests enjoyed this most Scottish of evenings, in a beautifully decorated and lit dining room, resplendent with tartan and heather! John Struthers piped in the Haggis with the Hon. Steve Roden proposing the Loyal Toast and also making the Toast to the Haggis. Even those of us with few connections North of the Border could not fail to be moved by the emotion of the event.
We dined royally on a traditional meal of Scotch Broth, Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, Scots Stirk and Cranachan – congratulations indeed being due to the staff at Woodbourne House who managed to bring all of these courses to the table exactly as the chef would have wanted. There were liberal amounts of “the water of life” provided to help all of these excellent courses slip down, whilst Alexandra Slater entertained us with lovely songs and recitals, accompanied by Eddie Beard. Geoff Corkish presided in his inimitable manner; what a splendid fellow he is! And fulsome thanks must also go to Norma and Philip Richards who donated an extraordinary collection of bottles of single malt whiskies from all over Scotland to be the wonderful prize for our raffle.
A large number of people worked really hard to make this such a memorable an evening – too many to name them all here. But the thanks of the Committee go to all of them. A very useful sum of money has been raised to further the work of both Hospice and the Diana Trust. If you were not able to get to the gathering this year at Woodbourne House, then you will be pleased to note that planning for 25th January 2020 has already begun! The venue is booked, and Steve Roden, Geoff Corkish and John Struthers have all pledged their support for next year so we can be pretty sure that it will be at least as good an evening as in 2019.
I’ll raise my glass to that!
Enjoy a video of images thanks to our Treasurer, Jennifer
And a great selection of photographs captured by Sarah-Eve Images