Burns Supper 2018

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 17:00

On 27 January at the Burns Supper 2018 for the 21st time BritCham gathered almost 200 guests to celebrate the immortal memory of the cherished Scott poet Robert Burns. This year a new record was set – we had 9 gentlemen in kilts! We are sure that this fact must have contributed to the overall success of the event :)

As per tradition during the event donations were raised for charity - for BritCham’s Charity Fund. We would like to thank everyone who gave so generously and especially the Most Generous Table who this year was Zebra Friendly Movers. Our raffle ticket sellers - Simon Boddy, David Callaway, Sunny Motwany, Māris Vainovskis and Katrina Veinberga - really had a lot to do! Our thanks to them for a job well done!

But the Charity Raffle would not be possible without our wonderful supporters who provided such nice prizes: Amber Beverage Group, Aldaris, British Embassy in Riga, Casa Nostra, CBRE Baltics, Debenhams, ESPA Riga, Este, Frescobaldi, Glenfiddich, Globuss, Grand Poet Hotel, Embassy of Ireland in Latvia, Jaguar, King's College Latvia, Latvijas Balzāms, Oak Lounge, Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel, Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, restaurant "Singh's", Taipei Mission in the Republic of Latvia, Via Hansa and Young Riders School.

Another big round of thank yous we would like to send to all of the speakers. Firstly, to the British Ambassador Keith Shannon for agreeing to be the Patron of the evening and giving the Patron's speech, saying the Selkirk Grace (and in excellent Lowland Scots!) and proposing the Loyal Toasts. Thanks also to Cameron G. Greaves for the Chairman's address. This year saw the return of our beloved piper Iain Alexander Watson who recited Address to the Haggis dramatically and brilliantly – our sincere gratitude for that. Next were the traditional speeches and we send our thanks to Gordon Latimir for (thought-provoking yet entertaining) To the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns, Simon Boddy for the (perceptive) Toast to the Lassies and Sandra Kļaviņa for the (sparkly) reply on behalf of the Lassies. Last but definitely not least thank you to Lt. Col. Stephen Hanson who was our MC for the evening and managed it splendidly.

We would also like to say a big thank you to Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel management and staff – without your support this event would not be possible! Thank you also to RISEBA University and Vocational Secondary School VICTORIA who made sure Scottish vibes could be seen and thus felt at the venue, as well helping us out with practical tasks. 

This year’s Burns Supper was made a bit more Scottish by Grants Signature whisky – thank you for that! And thank you to Amber Beverage Group for wines that were especially selected to complement the dishes -  it definitely made the evening more enjoyable.

Another thing that made the evening very Scottish was the music and dancing. Our genuine gratitude to Mirage Jazz Orchestra for playing all the traditional tunes and more. As always you and the music were a delight. Same goes for out Caller Astrīda Rogule who took charge of the dance floor and made sure that everyone knew what they were doing there. Thank you!

One more special mention needs to be made and it’s the Contributing Tables – thank you to Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns and King’s College Latvia for their support! We hope you truly enjoyed the evening!

27 January was a superb evening and we are already excited for the next year!

Please see photos from Camera 1 here.
Please see photos from Camera 2 here.



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