To Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Mr. Provost, President Somerville, distinguished
guests and members of the Clydebank Bowling Club,-------------
I am delighted to be able to convey my best wishes to you all, and would
like to offer my congratulations as you begin to celebrate the 125th
Anniversary of the Club.
It is a great achievement, that the Club has not only survived for the 125
years, but that it still continues to thrive over all these years, and
offers the social get togethers and bowling events that so many of you
participate in, and enjoy so much.
Bowling is such a great sport, and although it is played with great rivalry,
where else do you stop in the heat of the competition, and have a few
friendly drinks with your fellow opponents.
I always enjoyed the Bowling season, but as you all know, the Club offers
the facilities all year round, and it is indeed not only a bowling club, but
throughout the winter months, also a great social club.
As your Centenary Year President, I well remember all the events that we
celebrated back then, and I also remember all the hard work that was put
into organizing and preparing for the many functions that we all enjoyed.
I know the same hard work and dedication has been going on to prepare for
this evening’s dinner and for the upcoming events, and I would like to
congratulate you all, for the time you have spent in making the celebrations
as successful as I know they will be.
I certainly hope your dinner this evening, goes better than our Centenary
Dinner in the town hall, back in 1984, when we had Hector Nicol as our guest
If there ever was such a thing, as a “*wonderful disaster*”, then I’m sure
that that was what we had on that particular night.
It sure was a talking point for a long time afterwards.
I really enjoyed that Centenary year, and I know you will enjoy the
125th year just as much, maybe even more so.
I was delighted to find the Club’s web site on the Internet, and I was able
to update myself a little on what has been happening at the Club lately.
Congratulations to last year’s Championship winner, Billy Parker, and to all
last year’s other winners, and I hope you can go out this year and have
success in the Scottish tournaments. It would be a great year to bring some
Scottish silverware back to the Club.
By the way, congratulations to my old buddies, Messrs, McGinley and Russell
on their past Championship victories.
I would also like to pass on my best wishes to the Retired Members Section,
and of course to the Ladies Section.
I am sure their contribution is as strong and supportive as it always
was,----------and their help makes the Club continue to be as successful as
I’m sorry I am not with you tonight, but I am looking forward to being with
you on your member’s day in September.
If I could offer a toast,------------------Here’s to all the Virgins and
Lesbians of the world,-------------Thanks,---------------fer nothin’.
Ooooops, sorry about that.
To President Somerville and to the members,---Here’s to the Clydebank
Bowling Club---------Happy 125th year, and as you also celebrate Robert
Burns 250th Anniversary this year---------We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness
For auld lang syne.
Have a great evening,------- have a great year,------- and you can be sure
I’ll be having a beer tonight, and thinking of you all.
Best wishes, and thanks fer the memories,