THE works of Rabbie Burns was on the agenda at Thursday’s meeting of Cowdenbeath Rotary Club, when a group of schoolchildren showed their enthusiasm for the works of the bard, and displayed their talents as raconteurs.

Pupils from Lochgelly West, Denend, Cardenden and St Joseph’s Primary Schools took part in the club’s Burns evening and showed a tremendous grasp of the Bard’s poetry.

Club president, John Gilfillan, himself someone who enjoys making recitals of Burns poems and also songs, welcomed a company of 50 to their Wee Jimmies base for the event, and the haggis was piped in by John Quinn, with former president, Lesley Porter, as Poosie Nansie.

The address to the haggis was carried out by senior vice-president, Hank John, assisted by pupils of St Joseph’s Primary, in Kelty.

Central Fife Times: Pupils enjoyed participating in the Cowdenbeath Rotary Burns Supper.Pupils enjoyed participating in the Cowdenbeath Rotary Burns Supper. (Image: Contributed)

After the meal a presentation came from club secretary, Tom Russell and his wife Mary, with music provided by fiddler Stewart Abercrombie and guitarist Ian Craig, before pupils from Denend, Cardenden and the West recited a host of Burns work expertly, and all were well received by the audience.

The evening was brought to a close by a colourful, and expert recitation, of the epic Burns poem, Tam O’Shanter, by John Gilfillan, who said later: “The club enjoys welcoming guests of all age groups to enjoy celebrating the life and times of our national bard.

“It was particularly pleasing to welcome pupils from the West, Denend, Cardenden and St Joseph schools, and the quality of the youngsters’ recitals was striking.”

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