Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Manchester Burns supper

Over 60 people packed into the Chorlton Irish Association Club, on Sunday 24th January, to celebrate the life and work of Robert Burns. People of all ages sat down to anjoy a meal of haggis, tatties and neaps accompanied by a jot of whiskey, although many guests took advantage of the bar and bought themselves a pint of guinness, perhaps a more appropriate drink for the venue.

Lively performances of Burns's classics followed clearly demonstrating that many people had been rehearsing their pieces, even so several members of the audience got up and recalled their favourite Burns pieces off by heart. Many of those who got up on the stage talked a little about Burns, his political ideas and what he might have said about the situation today. In this way, together with a Communist party and Cuba Solidarity Campaign stalls, the radical politics of the event was maintained.

Music was provided by the fantastic Bourbon St Preachers(http://www.myspace.com/bourbonstreetpreachers), who even managed to inspire a spot of dancing. The event was very successful, proceeds from the raffe and donations raised over 400 hundred pounds for the Morning Star's fighting fund. Any radicals in manchester cannot miss next year's event, to come together and sing Burns's words:

For a' that an' a' that
It's coming yet for a' that
That man to man, the world o'er
Shall brithers be for a' that