Burns Supper 2020

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 18:00


Last Saturday evening, 18th of January, saw Britcham’s 23rd Annual Burns Supper event. The sold-out jewel in the crown of the Britcham events calendar lived up to the hype and expectation. During this amazing eight hour affair to celebrate the immortal memory, life and works of Scottish poet, Robert Burns, 195 guests were treated to a tuneful welcome by Iain Alexander Watson who rang out traditional Scottish music on the bagpipes, before playing in the Patron H.E Keith Shannon and his wife. During the dinner guests were presented with traditional Scottish dishes such as Haggisand Blueberry cranachan and entertained by the wonderful speeches, ceremonial Addressing the Haggis, and of course Scottish dancing. We would like to thank all those who attended for making this event so wonderful, and for those who donated their time to entertain and educate the guests on the life of such an important historical writer.

However, it’s not all for fun, Burns Supper Charity dinner also includes the annual raffle that helps us raise money for the BritCham Charity Fund. The most recent charity that our Fund supported was Project “Pūriņš” which supports abandoned single mothers, to feed and clothe their new-born babies when there is no one else to help. This year we saw our raffle money increase considerably (we raised 7400 EUR), and we would like to thank everyone who gave so generously and especially the Most Generous Table - Zebra Friendly Movers, and, to our amazing raffle  ticket sellers - Māris Vainovskis, Ieva Broka, Justin Bancroft, Vineta Greaves and Elina Dubinska who took time out from the merriment and volunteered to sell raffle tickets and raise the money that will make such a difference in many new lives.

A huge thank you to our wonderful supporters who provided amazing prizes and made the raffle possible: 

AC Hotel By Marriott Riga, Aldaris, Amber Beverage Group, British Embassy in Riga, Cafe M, Casa Nostra, CBRE Baltics, EKOhouse, ESPA Riga, Exupery International School, Globuss, Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga, Grants, Indian Raja, Irish Embassy, Latvijas Balzāms, L'Occitane, Ozo Restorāns, Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel,  Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa, Radisson Blu Rīdzene Hotel, Riga Graduate School of Law, RISEBA, Semarah Hotels, Singh's, ViaHansa&Borealis and Young Riders School. 

As mentioned earlier, speeches are the heart of the Burns Supper, and 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 Cameron Greaves for the Chairman's Address, and delivering a moving speech about the direction the Britcham Charity Fund will be focusing on this year. A massive thank you to our piper Iain Alexander Watson, who again agreed to participate and delivered a most memorable Address to the Haggis, as well as said the Selkirk Grace. For the traditional speeches, we would like to thank David Sim for the heartfelt sincere and wonderfully educational approach to addressing “To the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns”, to Paul Gibson for the daring Toast to the Lassies and Nikita Sidhu for the comedy filled reply on behalf of the Lassies. We can’t forget our MC Lt. Col. Stephen Hanson, who flew in from Brussels and delivered another superlative night of order and for becoming a member of the Britcham Burns team.

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

Grant’s, Gancia Prosecco and Grand Cavalier wines sponsored by Amber Beverage Group made sure that our guests’ spirits were kept high. Thank you for that and for the overall support!

The most fun and active part of the evening – traditional Scottish music and dances were led and taken care of by the Caller Astrīda Rogule and Mirage Jazz Orchestra. As every year, they did an amazing job.

One more big thank you needs to be sent to the Contributing Table – Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns. 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 are looking forward to seeing you all in 2021.

Camera 1 photos availbale here (Photo credits: Didzis Grodzs)

Camera 2 photos available here (Photo credits: Elizabete Kuzika)





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