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Open invite to virtual Burns Supper in aid of Moray Emergency Relief Fund

By Garry McCartney

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Alex Wright and Sara Brockbank, of Flying Mirrors Photography and Video.
Alex Wright and Sara Brockbank, of Flying Mirrors Photography and Video.

THE organisers of a fundraising virtual Burns Supper are inviting locals to get involved.

Flying Mirrors Photography and Video owners Alex Wright and Sara Brockbank are staging the online event in aid of the Moray Emergency Relief Fund (MERF).

Lord-Lieutenant of Moray, Major General Seymour Monro, who co-launched the relief fund, will host and Alan James, managing director of AJ Engineering and a Deputy Lieutenant of Moray, will address the haggis.

Mjr Gen Monro said: “I have been attending and hosting Burns Suppers since the 1970s, but hosting a virtual version is a first for me! I am delighted that the organisers have chosen to help the MERF. It has so far distributed £200,000 to more than 550 applicants.

“Now we are in a second lockdown, more people will face financial hardship so it is crucial we continue to raise funds.”

Alex and Sara are keen to recruit more volunteers for key roles.

Alex explained: “Burns Suppers are full of pomp and ceremony. They need musicians to entertain the guests, someone to handle the immortal memory and of course there is the toast to the lassies and the response.

“We are using Zoom so can welcome up to 1000 guests. The attendees will be able to hide their screens and just sit back and enjoy the entertainment if that is how they want to enjoy the evening.”

Supporting Alex and Sara is event organiser Claire Doughty.

She said: “The format will follow a traditional supper and we are also delighted to have received support from the Forres and District Pipe Band, who will pipe in the haggis.

“We hope will bring some fun and tradition into homes while we are all in lockdown.”

Rather than pay a set entrance fee, attendees are asked to make a donation for MERF, aid for people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Attendees will be treated to a full Burns Supper schedule and encouraged to make their own haggis, neeps and tatties to enjoy while being entertained by proceedings which will include ceilidh dances.

To find out more about the event on Burns Night, January 25 at 7pm, visit www.tickettailor.com/events/flyingmirrors/471845/r/burns-supper-2021

To get involved in performing, or taking on another role at the event, contact Claire on 07846145050 or email claire@clairedoughtypublicity.uk

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