Burns Night in Beverley is always a highlight of Beverley and Holderness Labour Party’s year.
This year, 125 members and supporters crowded into the Beverley Memorial Hall on Saturday evening, January 28th. They heard a rousing speech from Mayor of Goole Terry Smith who at only 19 proposed the Toast to the Lassies. Local Councillor Ann Willis toasted the Laddies and dancing to traditional ceilidh music set the scene. Bagpipes announced the arrival of the haggis following which everyone tucked into a fantastic supper of Haggis, bashed neeps and chappit tatties all washed down with Scotland’s national drink, and we’re not talking IRN BRU.
But the highlight was undoubtedly the Toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns. The toast came at the culmination of a fantastic speech delivered by ASLEF President Tosh McDonald who recalled the esteem in which Burns was held by the union’s founders over 100 years ago. Tosh brought the house down with his recollection of his response to the devastation wrought by Margaret Thatcher on our society in the 1980’s. ‘I hated her so much,’ he told the audience, ‘that I’d set my alarm clock for an hour earlier than necessary every morning just so that I could have another hour each day hating her.’