Thanks to all of you who attended the Burns Night making it a great success. So many of you commented on the night how much of a good time you were having and the following day the messages and phone calls were still flowing in, all reiterating the same message. From my point of view I couldn't have wished for a better evening, the chemistry was fantastic.
I have to say everyone really made an effort and looked resplendent decked out in their various pieces of tartan, which I am sure added to the ambience of the evening. Thank you to Bharat (Yashu's other half) for donating meters of tartan fabric for the occasion, and to Anne Marie Deere (our resident dress and curtain maker) who raised £200 towards the locker-room fund from all of the sashes and ties she made for guests from the donated fabric. Thanks also to Alison Silva for helping Anne Marie make the bunting.
Thank you to everyone who donated a raffle prize. I think we had a total of 13 prizes, including a Samsung tablet, three hampers containing a variety of Scottish and some non-Scottish produce, several bottles of whisky, a wine holder and bottle of wine, more wine, a scotty dog blanket, a Dundee cake ,tartan gardening gloves and towel and a knitted golfer. Seven hundred pounds was collected, half of which will go towards the ladies locker room and the other half to the club.
The New Strathspey Dancers told me that they had never had such an appreciative audience and they left on a high – thank you to Rosemary Cone for introducing me to them.
I know I thanked all of those on the night who helped to bring this event together, but I just want to thank each and every one of you again, because without your help and support this event wouldn't have worked so well.
Captain Frank Keegan for reading the Selkirk Grace, Vice-Captain Dave Niccol for addressing the haggis with such theatre and drama, the ladies committee for all of their support, Anne Marie and Peter for the table decorations, Allan and Yashu for all their administration help, Bharat for donating all the tartan fabric, Paul Hodsman for designing the posters and programme, Veejay, Daphne and all of their staff for serving up a lovely meal, Allan, Glen and Tracy for our hangovers the next day and finally to all of the members and guests for their support and for making the evening so special. I sincerely hope I haven't missed anyone out.
Carolyn (Lady Captain)