The Barrmill Jolly Beggars Burns Club is bringing a flavour of Scottish literature and poetry to different generations in the town of Beith in North Ayrshire. Winners of eight tickets to the 2014 Games closing ceremony gifted by the Scottish Government, the group has held a range of celebratory events with its £9,250 Celebrate award.
Their project – Be a Bit mair Scottish – involved runninga series of inter-generational events for the whole community including workshops on literary heritage for local schoolchildren and a concert featuring the Dalmellington Brass Band. The programme kicked off with a very special Commonwealth Dinner where a wide range of speakers and entertainers brought some of the spirit and atmosphere of the Games to the 200 guests. The evening’s proceedings ended with musical performances from local musicians Margaret and Rab Wilson who performed the miner’s lullaby “Coorie Doon”. which you can listen to.
Donald Reid, secretary, Barrmill Jolly Beggars Burns Club, said: “Barrmill Jolly Beggars Burns Club is indebted to Celebrate for supporting our Commonwealth themed events. We are a group of mainly “golden oldies,” but are very community minded, particularly in looking after our members and also contributing to developing young people in public speaking and Scots poems. We were over-the-moon when we learned that our club had been allocated tickets for the closing ceremony and we look forward to attending this very special event. Thanks again to all at Celebrate for this golden opportunity.”
Norman Henderson, 89, Honorary President, said: “I served in the RAF in India during the latter war years. I was always keen on sport and to get the opportunity to attend the closing ceremony of Glasgow 2014 is indeed a dream come true for me. I will be a proud man being part of this closing event on 3 August. Thanks to everyone who made this happen.”
Harry Young, 89, Honorary President, said: “I was in the navy during the Second World War and was present at the surrender of the Japanese on board HMS Terpsichore. Although I’m not keeping such good health at the moment, I was delighted to learn that I had an invite from Celebrate to attend the closing ceremony of Glasgow 2014. Thank you.”