The Galloway Association of Glasgow were delighted to welcome their Patron Lord Stair who was accompanied by his wife Lady Stair to their 224th Annual Dinner at The Murray Arms Hotel, Gatehouse of Fleet on Saturday 3rd October 2015. Prior to dinner being served sixty six members, friends and guests gathered to enjoy some pre-dinner refreshments. The evening was once again chaired by the Association’s President Angus Rex who after introducing the Top Table guests invited Lord Stair to say a few words. Lord Stair, on behalf of Lady Stair and himself, thanked the Association for inviting them to the dinner and although having been Patron of The Association for the past five years, this was the first occasion he was able to attend. Lord Stair spoke of the Association’s long history and the good causes it supported across Galloway.
At the conclusion of Lord Stair’s remarks the President called upon Sandy Rankin (Association Trustee) to say Grace.
The Principal Toast of the evening ‘Glasgow & The Galloway Association of Glasgow’ was proposed by Philip Oswald – acting Head Teacher Castle Douglas High School. Mr Oswald informed the gathering it was forty years ago to the day he began his teacher training at Jordanhill College in Glasgow and on that same day met his future wife Nancy. Philip delighted those present with numerous tales of his experiences throughout his teaching career which took him from Lanarkshire down into Galloway in 1988 where he has taught ever since.
The reply to this toast was given by President Angus Rex who recalled his own school days and clearly remembered how teachers dealt with errant pupils which was far removed from today’s teaching policies.
After a short interval, the second toast of the evening ‘A’ th’ Wives an’Weans frae th’ Brig En’ o’ Dumfries tae th’ Braes o’ Glen App’ was delivered by Mike Duguid who is a well known after dinner speaker with connections to various organisations throughout Galloway. Mike reflected how in the early days of the Association it must have been difficult for the Wives and Weans when Fathers, Husbands and Brothers had to leave the area to seek employment in cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh and therefore leaving behind their loved ones. Mike who was born in Banchory Kincardineshire has been an Association member for a number of years.
The reply to this toast was given by Mrs Christine Ashworth who was born in Luss Loch Lomondside – spent her student days in Glasgow and holds dear the city’s rich architecture and culture however, she has lived and worked in Galloway over the past forty years. Christine is Chairperson of The Crichton Writers group.
The evening concluded with the vote of thanks being given by Huntly Gordon Vice President of The Association and the traditional singing of Bonnie Gallowa’ lead by Jean Edgar.