Jokes and stories on menu at Linden dinner

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Hawick Linden RFC enjoyed another first-class annual dinner in the Volunteer Park Clubrooms recently.

After a humorous rugby-related Grace from Norman Turnbull and a lovely meal courtesy of Moira Black and her helpers, the large turnout of members and guests sat back to an evening of entertainment.

The first toast to the club was given by former Linden, Hawick and Scotland hooker Jim Hay who rattled off a host of jokes and gave some thought-provoking views on rugby in the town.

Captain Shaun Fairbairn provided the response which went down well as he reviewed the season and took aim at his fellow teammates with some good-natured ribbing.

The Guests were proposed by Davy Scott, of Duns, who continued the high standard and had the audience in stiches with his stories.

Langholm’s Billy Young replied and was in his usual fine form as he, too, had the room bursting with laughter.

The evening was ably chaired by club president John Tait, with Graeme Cockburn giving the vote of thanks. Ronnie Tait, father of president John, and Michael Aitken were in super voice, and well backed-up by the accompaniment of Dave McKay.

Shaun Fairbairn was awarded the coaches’ player of the year trophy for the second year running. The outgoing coaches, Lee Stewart and Greg Thomson, received gifts from the players as a thank-
you for their great efforts, and a new award of players’ player of the year went
to prop forward Ryan Beattie.

The MacKinnon Trophy for the club person of the year was won by hard-working secretary George Wilson.

During the evening, John Tait accepted from Gary Alexander the jersey worn by ex-Linden player Tony Stanger from the Scotland v England game in 1998, when Stanger equalled the Scottish
try-scoring record of 24,
for display in the clubrooms.