Burns Supper 2019

The last Saturday of January saw a gathering of Scottish culture (and a good party) lovers for the annual Burns Supper. For the 22nd time BritCham organized an event to celebrate the immortal memory of the cherished Scott poet Robert Burns, raise money for charity and entertain our guests the Sottish way.

As every year Burns Supper was also a charity event where support was raised for BritCham Charity Fund. We would like to thank everyone who gave so generously and especially the Most Generous Table - Zebra Friendly Movers. Our thanks to David Callaway, Andrew Garner, Sunny Motwany, Astrīda Rogule, Māris Vainovskis and Katrīna Veinberga for volunteering their time and efforts to sell the raffle tickets – you sure were kept busy and the result was great!

We also wish to say many, many thanks to the wonderful supporters who provided such nice prizes and made the raffle possible: Aldaris, Amber Beverage Group, Bite, British Embassy in Riga, Casa Nostra, CBRE Baltics, Christopher Kenmore (thank you for the surprise prize), Debenhams, Eko House, ESPA Riga, Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns, Exupery International School, Globus bookstores, Grant's, Indian Raja, Ireland Embassy, Kaļķu Vārti, King's College in Latvia, KPMG Baltics, Latvijas Balzams, MILZU!, Ozo Golf restaurant, Park Inn by Radisson Riga Valdemara, Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel, Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa, Radisson Blu Rīdzene Hotel, RISEBA University, SemaraH Hotels, Singh's restaurant, Taipei Mission, Via Hansa and Young Riders School.

Burns Supper would not be Burns Supper without the speeches. Firstly, we would like to thank the British Ambassador Keith Shannon for agreeing to be the Patron of the evening and giving the Patron's speech and proposing the Loyal Toasts. Thanks also to Simon Boddy for the Chairman's Address. We were especially glad that piper Iain Alexander Watson again agreed to participate and delivered an outstanding and dramatic Address to the Haggis as well as said the Selkirk Grace. Thank you, Iain! For the traditional speeches we would like to thank Gayle Hume for the fresh and entertaining approach to addressing “To the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns”, to Mark Sapsford for the charming Toast to the Lassies and Ruth Rajavejjabhisal for the very fitting reply on behalf of the Lassies. One of the largest and most heartfelt thanks we wish to send to the man who spoke the most at this event – our MC Lt. Col. Stephen Hanson. His involvement and help was of utmost importance in the success of the Burns Supper 2019 (and in keeping BritCham team calm :) )

We would like to make a special mention of the Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel management and staff. As every year their help was invaluable in organizing Burns Supper. As well as RISEBA University and Vocational Secondary School VICTORIA who every year make sure the venue looks festive and help us out with practical tasks. We are truly grateful for your support and assistance!

Grant’s Signature whisky made sure that our guests’ spirits were kept high (pun intended, copyright goes to Mr Boddy), and the wines provided by Amber Beverage Group nicely complimented the menu. Thank you for that and for the overall support!

After the dinner came the more active and actively fun part of the evening - music and dancing. This was led and taken care of by the Caller Astrīda Rogule and Mirage Jazz Orchestra. They did an amazing job with the Scottish dances and much more! We send them our genuine thanks.

One more big thank you needs to be sent to the Contributing Tables – Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns, Internatonal School of Latvia and King’s College in Latvia. Thank you for your support! We hope you found the Burns Supper to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

We are truly glad for another successful Burns Supper, and we hope you the same as us 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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