Bute Burns supper bridges party political gap

The 'top table' at the Burns Supper organised by Lodge Rothesay St John No. 292 on January 25: from left Ian McLachlan, Cllr David Wilson, Craig Baxter, Clrr Isobel Strong, James McMillan, David Docherty and piper Mark McLachlan.
The 'top table' at the Burns Supper organised by Lodge Rothesay St John No. 292 on January 25: from left Ian McLachlan, Cllr David Wilson, Craig Baxter, Clrr Isobel Strong, James McMillan, David Docherty and piper Mark McLachlan.

The political differences between the Conservatives and the SNP were forgotten, for one evening at least, at a Burns supper in Rothesay on Saturday.

Representing the former party was Cllr David Wilson, the only Conservative member of Inverclyde Council, who gave the Immortal Memory at the supper, organised by Lodge Rothesay St John No. 292, and who was more than happy to share the limelight with Bute’s own SNP councillor Isobel Strong, who gave the reply to the Toast to the Lassies.

The remaining members of the ‘top table’ party were Ian McLachlan (Toast to the Lassies), David Docherty (Address to the Haggis and other recitations), chairman for the evening James McMillan and Craig Baxter, right worshipful master of the lodge, while piper Mark McLachlan ensured the haggis was piped in to the hall in the appropriately traditional fashion.