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Burns' Supper Goes West to Chemainus BC for 2003

Final arrangements are now seemingly in place for a star studded Burns' Supper and Concert at The Chemainus Theatre in British Columbia on January 25th.

When Prestoungrange was granted The Key to the City by The Mayor in Chemainus in 2001 he promised to return and celebrate Burns' Night with them all in 2003. Under the leadership of Anne Wills, the Baron's elder sister, a magnificent event is in the making.

Anne built from her contacts as Treasurer to the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Society and persuaded a retiring Canadian diplomat cum actor cum Welshman, Terry Jones, to become the evening's Producer and Director....and the menu is as shown below.

Dolphinstoun will be joining Prestoungrange and Lady Prestoungrange so will Sylvia, Baron Sergeand and Anne Taylor, Arts Festival General Manger in Prestonpans. The Clan will have five other family members in attendance from Washington State and Alberta .. quite a crowd to meet with 250 guests at Chemainus.

More news as it happens ... but we already know that the Victoria Gaelic Choir will be in Scotland shortly so expect some early spin off there and several other Murals Centres are already claiming Scottish heritage ..... and Karl Schutz is of course in attendance.

Produced and Directed by Terry Jones
5:45pmPrincess Mary's Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums

parade down the main street of Chemainus to the theatre

6-6:30pmPipes and drums played in theatre lobby while guests arrive and take their seats in the restaurant
6:30pmThe Much Honoured Baron and Lady of Prestoungrange arrive accompanied by The Much Honoured Baron of Dolphinstoun and are piped to their seats by their personal pipers when all stand for
The National Anthem O'Canada
Supper begins with a welcome and opening remarks by the Chairman John Davidson including an introduction to the VIP guests

Scotland's Greeting from the Patron The Much Honoured Baron of Prestoungrange

Entrance of The Haggis piped in and escorted by the honour guard of Princess Mary's Canadian Scottish Regiment.

Address to The Haggis delivered by John Davidson

The Selkirk Grace -
all standing
The Haggis with Glenkinchie malt whisky and Supper will then be served

During the Supper Susan Smedley will play Scottish airs on the piano
Toast to Her Majesty The Queen The Patron

Toast tae the Lassies Terry Jones

Reply for the Lassies Nancy Johnston
The Bonnie Lass O'Ballochmilesung by John Davidson accompanied by Susan Smedley


Selection of Burns' poetry read by Alex Provan

The Star of Rabbie Burns
sung by John Davidsonaccompanied by Susan Smedley with all guests invited to join in the chorus after which The Patrons and VIP guests are piped out and all other guests make their way to the theatre for the Concert at 9pm

8:55pmThe Much Honoured Baron and Lady of Prestoungrange take their seats in the theatre
9pmPrincess Mary's Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums play a medley
9:15pmHighland Fling performed by Lynne Griffiths Highland Dancers

The Victoria Gaelic Choir
under the direction of Douglas Hodgkinson

Sabhal Ia'n ic Uisdean
Ca' the Yowes
Eriskay Love Lilt

Burns' Medley on the Celtic Harp by Beth Potter

Crodh an Tailleir by Maureen Campbell and Marlene MacDonald Cheng

Bail' Inbhir Aora

Srathspe, Reel and Jig
with Lynne Griffiths Highland Dancers

Chi mi na Mor-bheanna
John Cope

My Love is Like a Red Red Rose &
Comin' Thro' the Rye
by Norma Selwood

Ye Banks and Braes of Bonnie Doon

Fiddle Selection and Tin Whistle by Michelle Steeves and Denis Wightman

Loch Lomond
Pipes and drums medley and the dancers with pipes and drums

Concert goers Burns' Sing-a-long
led by The Victoria Gaelic Choir


Burns' most famous song Auld Lang Syne sung by all Concert goers with The Victoria Gaelic Choir and the pipes and drums

Princess Mary's Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums pipe all out

Published Date: January 6th 2003

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