The undoubted highlight was a superb rendition of Tam O’Shanter by Karen Dunbar, which earned the Ayr-born star a standing ovation.
First Minister Alex Salmond proposed a thought provoking Immortal Memory while former fastest man in the world George McNeill performed an amusing Toast to the Lassies with BBC newsreader Sally Magnusson giving an equally funny Reply.
John Carmichael’s Address To The Haggis was stirring while the songs from Karen Matheson and Jaime MacDougall were truly outstanding.
The John Carmichael Band and Piper Iain MacFadyen also entertained with some traditional music and Chairman for the evening Joe Campbell kept things moving during the evening.
Alan Macdonald, Chairman of Ayr Racecourse and the driving force behind the event commented : “What a marvellous evening. I have long wanted a Burns Supper of this magnitude at the Racecourse and I thought it was an outstanding success.
“My thanks go to Joe Campbell who used his influence and reputation as one of the world’s leading experts on Burns to secure such an array of talent as our entertainment. It was a truly memorable event.”
For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.
Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.
THE ELITE AYRSHIRE BUSINESS CIRCLE
The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.
Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.
Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel, Turnberry Golf Resort and South Ayrshire Council. Member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.
Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.
For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail eliteayrshire@
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