The firm’s Burns Supper is a beloved tradition and the honour of organising it is bestowed upon the first year trainees. I cannot overstate how popular this event is in the Morton Fraser social calendar – as first year trainees, we knew the pressure was on.
We tried to learn from past trainees and have most things sorted before Christmas, but the best laid plans of first year trainees gang aft agley. There are six of us in our year so we each took on a few responsibilities. Alex arranged the catering and drinks, while Martin sought out some prizes for the post-dinner raffle. I was charged with writing the quiz (a good excuse to attend some pub quizzes) and decorations (I stuck with my belief that fairy lights and bunting make anything look nice). Under the able leadership of Judith, we all pitched in and had everything ready to go for the morning of the 25th.
Burns, baby, Burns
I’m happy to report that the night was a great success. Our MC Madelaine gave a welcome address, and Amy said the Selkirk Grace. The haggis was piped in, and John Lunn delivered the Address to a Haggis with all the verve attendees have come to expect over the years. After a delicious meal, our CEO Chris Harte gave his funny and poignant take on the Immortal Memory, while Ross Caldwell and Rhona Adams were hilarious in delivering A Toast to the Lassies and the Reply. To round off the night, we had a raffle and a quiz, and the evening lasted into the wee hours.
We tidied up the next morning and shared personal highlights from the night before. We were proud to have contributed a successful night to this long Morton Fraser tradition, and look forward to attending next year, when we can enjoy more of the whisky and less of the work.