Ellon Burns Club cancels supper

Ellon Burns Club president Alan Cameron has warned the future of the club is at stake.
Ellon Burns Club president Alan Cameron has warned the future of the club is at stake.

Ellon Burns Club has cancelled its annual supper this Saturday due to low ticket sales.

The event was due to have been held in the Station Hotel.

But the disappointing response has forced organisers to call it off.

And the future of the club will be discussed at its annual general meeting which is due to take place in March.

President Alan Cameron said: “Ellon Burns Club has developed a great reputation for attracting excellent speakers and entertainers, and our cast for this year very much maintained that standard.

“However, in common with many other community groups, we have been faced with the problems of an ageing demographic, and attendances at our annual Burns Supper have fallen in recent years.”

He added: “Clearly, the future of Ellon Burns Club is now at stake, and that issue will be discussed at the forthcoming annual general meeting.

“We do hope that all those who are interested in celebrating the life and works of Robert Burns will be able to come along.”

Club secretary Rob Merson added: “Alan Cameron founded the existing Burns Club some 29 years ago because there were few Burns Suppers being held in the district at all.

“Now the Ellon Burns Club event is effectively in competition with a great many ‘rival’ events, with several suppers being held on the same evening.”

He continued: “On a more positive note, that does mean that the life and works of Scotland’s national poet are now being celebrated much more widely in and around Ellon, and to some extent, the club has been a victim of its own success.”