Len is not half bard when it comes to all things Burns

Len Murray'Photo by Emma Mitchell'14/1/14
Len Murray'Photo by Emma Mitchell'14/1/14

Milngavie’s very own Burns aficionado is all set to travel half way round the world to deliver the Immortal Memory - in Singapore.

Retired criminal lawyer Len Murray is the guest of the Scottish Society of Singapore and will fly out to the far east next Wednesday.

Mr Murray will be propose the toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns the following Saturday in front of a packed audience of Burns devotees for the celebration on Burns birthday on January 25.

Mr Murray, a widely respected after dinner speaker is also recognised as one of the experts on all things Burns.

He is also Dean of the Guild of Robert Burns Speakers, and is no stranger to globe-trotting to speak on Scotland’s nation poet.

He said: “I was in Singapore 12 or 13 years ago for a St Andrew’s function and really likes it, so am looking forward to going back. It is such well ordered clean place and the people are really polite.

And he added: “ I have done the Imortal Memory on all five continents which is quite an achievement and something to be proud of.”

His latest trip follows a number of invites abroad over the last couple of years, which includes toasts in Bahrain, four times in Canada, twice in Cairo and in Australia.

Such is Len’s Burns pedigree that in 2009 when the Scottish Parliament held a Burns Supper for the first time - with the entire Consular Corps in Scotland and various dignitaries from home and abroad invited - it was Len who was asked to propose the Immortal Memory.

And in 2007, after chairing the West Sound Radio Burns Supper, the then First Minister Jack McConnell said Len had been an outstanding chairman and his knowledge of Burns was second to none.