2012 – St. Andrews Night
Saturday 1 December 2012
Venue: Tontine Hotel, Greenock
Our Saint Andrew’s Night was supported by a large number of members and guests, who proved to be a very appreciative audience – enjoying a meticulously planned evening, ably and humorously chaired by President Iain Skene.
After an excellent meal, Iain was delighted to introduce his friend and fellow Burnsian Donald Reid, who proposed the toast to ‘St. Andrew and Scotland’.
Donald highlighted the intellectual and pragmatic contributions made by Scots on a national and international basis (particularly in Canada and the U.S.A ) He spoke passionately of a country that developed ‘ordinary’ people of worth and determination – an excellent toast delivered with pace and panache.
Club Piper Bill McCready delighted the audience with two sets of bagpipe interludes.
Further entertainment being provided by musical contributions from the ‘Quick Horn Spoons’ (Paul McShane on guitar and Kieran Begley on flute and lead vocals).
Burns favourites ‘The Lea Rig’ and ‘Sweet Afton’ were very well received along with other Scottish airs such as ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’, ‘Mother Glasgow’ and ‘Caledonia’.
We are indebted to members and friends for their generosity in donating items for the raffle and in purchasing tickets. The treasurer is pleased to report that the raffle raised the a very healthy amount.
Senior Vice-President Maureen Armstrong summed up the feelings of everyone present in a witty and comprehensive vote of thanks – delivered mainly in verse.