No doubt there are many Scottish ex-pats in the SE1 community who have experience of Burns night Toasts.... I am charged with the Response FROM the Lassies and so far the t'inter has failed me in terms of ideas. Thoughts very welcome on words you may have heard that worked before?
My wife is Scottish and I had to do this a couple of years ago. My biggest problem was that the speech before was by Malcolm Rifkind, who is experienced and a barrister.
Basically pour gentle scorn on Burns, who was an appalling womaniser,but do quote him, for some reason the Scots love it, and a have a few soft digs at the ladies. I talked about my wife's handbag and its ability to turn into a Bermuda triangle. You could see men and women in the audience nodding.