Our grand Centenary Dinner and Dance is well and truly over. If we would maybe have been happy to sell a few more tickets, we had a very respectable turnout and everyone enjoyed themselves.
Bill “Faff” McFarlane of Rossie Priory Cricket Club kept up his high standards as MC while President Alan Duncan had plenty to say about his fellow players, but the star was undoubtedly our principal speaker, Bill “Bearded Wonder” Frindall, of BBC’s Test Match Special team. His tales of life in the commentary box and players and commentators past and present were a joy for all, perhaps especially for those of us who used to listen spellbound to the lugubrious tones of John Arlott.
Three of our guests could hardly believe that twenty five years had passed since the big 75th anniversary shindig. We’re sure they could tell us a story or two about that evening!
Least we forget, this was a dinner dance with excellent food, a real culinary delight, plentiful liquid refreshment and followed by dancing of many styles and genres. Everyone looked to be having a grand time.
Perhaps we have many natural born dancers, maybe the refreshment was particularly good or could it be there is a secret plethora of Strictly Coming Dancing fans in Freuchie! Regardless, the band, “Rough Diamond”, ensured plenty of aerobic exercise to justify the quenching of that dreaded dance thirst!
Bill had kindly presented us with a signed limited edition of his circular chart of Brian Lara’s famous 400 not out against England – an unlikely-to be repeated event, captured here in elegantly succinct form. This was auctioned by Bill himself, raising £100 for club funds.
Pleasing, too, to report that the event was well supported by our players, with visiting luminaries of Scottish Cricket to add even more to the occasion. The Lomond Hills Hotel made sure we were well fed and watered, the band “Rough Diamond” for the tunes and the exercise, while John Thomson of Roundtrip Solutions Ltd. provided some photographic records.
Our sincere thanks to Bill, to Faff, to Ronnie and the hotel staff, to John T, to the band and to all the people who made this a memorable evening.