GOUROCK Jolly Beggars Burns Club came together to celebrate the life and works of Scotland's bard.

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At their 132nd anniversary dinner there was poetry, song, food and music to pay tribute to Robert Burns.

Around 70 members gathered together in the Gourock Bowling Club for the Burns Supper.

Club secretary Arthur Boyle, who has been involved with the club for more than 60 years, said: "It was a brilliant night, it was wonderful to have everyone together. Our guest Drew Cochrane recited Tam O'Shanter and he was wonderful, it was so well received by everyone in the room."

The traditional rituals began with the address to the haggis by Norman Machphie and it was piped in by Hector MacPhail.

Speaker Jim Livingstone proposed the toast to the immortal memory, there was a reading by Mr Cochrane of famous poem Tam O'Shanter and then singer Andrew Roy gave a rousing rendition of Scots Wha Hae.

Guest Drew then toasted the lassies, with a reply by George Whitestone, and there was a vote of thanks to the artistes on the night. 

The event drew to a conclusion with everyone singing The Star o' Rabbie Burns and then it finished with Auld Lang Syne.

Master of ceremonies on the night was President Sandy Crawford.

The Jolly Beggars also collected donations on the night, to continue to run their annual Burns contest with Gourock Primary School.