A SOUTH Ayrshire Burns Club celebrated Scotland's Bard's special night last week.

Barr and District Burns Club's 71st Annual Burns Supper took place on Friday, February 3 in the village's district hall.

The group is popular with devotees of the poet's work, and the special night celebrated the area's annual tradition which stretches back into the 1950's.

The night saw the Bill Dunlop memorial trophy for the Barr Primary Burns poertry competition presented to joint winners Grace Denham and Ollie Christine before they  recited their poems to the audience.

The haggis was welcomed into the hall by piper Allan Brown before speeches and songs.

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A Barr and District Burns Club spokesperson said: "The toast to the lassies was delivered in a hilarious and also traditional manner by Hugh McHarg from New Cumnock.

"He talked about many of the lassies in Rabbie's life and poked fun at a few cronies in the hall.

"A reply to the lassies was given by Andrew Gillon and thanked Hugh for his rousing toast.

"The final act of our successful evening was the toast to Auld Scotia given by Allan Brown a retired policeman and now a landscape gardener in Girvan.

"He had to move to England to become a policeman due to the height requirement in Scotland and gave a rousing toast to his Auld Scotia."