The Cally Palace Hotel, Gatehouse of Fleet was the venue for the 225th Anniversary Dinner of The Galloway Association of Glasgow.
Prior to dinner being served 122 members, friends and invited guests gathered to enjoy a Welcome Drinks Reception in the Bow Room of the Hotel.
The evening was once again chaired by the Association’s President Angus Rex who after introducing the Top Table guests invited the Association’s Patron Lord Stair to say a few words.
Young Gallovidian Ellis Hayes cut the anniversary cake.
Ellis is a World Champion Highland Dancer from Newton Stewart and prior to cutting the cake Lord Stair read out Ellis’s achievements in Highland Dancing which commenced at the age of 4. The Association had financially assisted Ellis with a trip to Australia in March to take part in a Champion of Champions Competition which Ellis won.
At this point The President introduced Robyn Stapleton – a well known Scottish Traditional Singer from Stranraer who entertained the gathering with two songs. Robyn expressed her appreciation for the financial assistance the Association had provided towards the launch of her debut album.
The Principal Toast of the evening ‘Glasgow and The Galloway Association of Glasgow’ was proposed by Len Murray – former solicitor from Glasgow and one of the countries most sought after speakers.
The second toast of the evening ‘A th’ Wives an’ Weans frae th’Brig En’ o’ Dumfries tae th’ Braes o’ Glenapp’ was proposed by Joe Campbell. Joe is an Association Member and well known in the Stewartry with his involvement with the Arts.
The reply to this toast was given by Lady Stair wife of the Association’s Patron Lord Stair.
The evening concluded with the Vote of Thanks being given by former President Angus Mackinnon who paid tribute to President Angus Rex who had guided us through the evenings proceedings in his usual accomplished manner.
Angus Mackinnon also thanked Anne Rankin for organising such a successful and enjoyable evening.
The Anniversary Cake was sponsored by Bladnoch Distillery. The Cheese course was provided by Lactalis McLelland Ltd. Stranraer.