2018 – Four Honorary Presidents Entertain
The November Club Night entertainment was provided by four members of Greenock Burns Club, who are also Honorary Past Presidents – Jack Glenny, Joe Gatherer, Jim Thompson and Alasdair Hendry.
Jack Glenny read one of his own compositions “Greenock that was”, memories of the town, characters and the changes which had taken place. Many members were hearing the poem for the first time and enjoyed reminiscing of the good times past. He followed this with a brief history of the club and the admission of ladies as members and the significant difference their contribution had made both as past presidents and members. He also paid tribute to past president Doctor Harry McGilp for the influence on the role he played in inviting the ladies to be members.
Joe Gatherer gave some stories from the past history of the club, then entertained us with a humorous version of The Ball of Kirriemuir which include verses about the skills of club members which was well received.
Jim Thompson PP RBWF, gave a humorous talk on his career with Strathclyde Police, experiences and the various areas where he had served.
He also spoke with pride about his New Cumnock connections and a variety of jokes and stories which went down well. Jim recited the poems “If” and “The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God”.
Alasdair Hendry gave an animated, humorous and heartfelt recitation of “The Haggis of Private McPhee” made more appropriate as we draw near to the 100th Anniversary Armistice. Again this was a first for many members and gained tumultuous applause.
Following the interval Jack recited a poem about fishing, his favourite hobby.
Jim Thompson recited “My Boy Jack” and his own favourite “The Portree Kid”.
Alasdair gave a hilarious recitation of the “Four Forty Four From Forfar” a brilliant poem which Alasdair explained was sent to him by Charlie Chester. Another first for many members of the club. He followed this with the “Reply to the Haggis” written by his friend local man Graham Biggart.
The evening was brought to close by Joe Gatherer who gave a brilliant Chic Murray monologue and his version of the song” Tattooed Lady”.
SVP Alan Beck gave the vote of thanks for an outstanding evening enjoyed by all.