Drunk ‘minister’ entertains at church supper

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A skit by an inebriated Reverend I M Jolly brought Killean and Kilchenzie’s annual church supper to an uproarious end.

John Armour brought the Scots comedy character, played on television in the ’70s,’80s and ’90s by Rikki Fulton, to life on Tayinloan Village Hall’s stage and re-enacted a scene where the minister gets drunk while conducting an interview, after his water is accidentally replaced by gin.

The final act came after the Messy Church children, who opened the evening by performing the group’s welcome song and grace, as well as acting out the parable of the lost lamb later in the night, had gone home.

More than 70 parishioners packed the hall and filled their plates at the extensive and varied buffet, table by table, after the youngsters’ welcome.

So much food had been prepared that there was enough for each table to have seconds of both the main and dessert courses, and it was enjoyed by everyone.

There was a wealth of entertainment throughout the evening including musical performances from Katie Pendreigh on recorder, Helen Steel on accordion and Mandy Beveridge on guitar, accompanied by her husband Johnny and Sheena Armour, who led a chorus of Scots songs, which the audience heartily joined in with.

MC for the evening was Gordon Caskie, who kept the merriment going with his jokes.

As well as appearing as the drunken minister, John Armour also recited The Wee Cock Sparra, famously performed by the late Duncan MacRae, much to the enjoyment of the audience.

Anne Littleson gave the vote of thanks and expressed gratitude to the church’s fundraising committee, everyone who helped with and contributed to the raffle and buffet and all the entertainers.

The event raised £775 for church funds.