Feast of rugby on menu at Linden annual dinner

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Hawick Linden enjoyed another first class annual dinner in the Mansfield House Hotel last Friday night.

Ian Landles gave a humorous and well researched toast to the club, during which he confirmed that George Wilson, one of the founding members in 1921, was later Cornet in 1932 thus dispelling the myth that the Linden has never had a Cornet.

Captain Wattie Davies responded, and the toast to rugby followed from Gregor Lawson who gave an intriguing comparison on the demands and preparations of the modern day rugby internationalist, brother Rory, to that of his father Alan in the 1970s.

George Storey, organising his last annual dinner before stepping down as secretary at the end of the season, proposed the Toast to the Guests with Chris ‘Pussy’ Bell of Melrose RFC giving a witty response that had the audience in stitches.

The evening was ably chaired by president Gary Alexander, with his deputy Rob Black giving the vote of thanks and Norman Turnbull saying a humorous rugby-related grace.

The singing was of the highest order from Graeme Tinlin, David Chapman, John Tait and Viv Sharp.

During the evening, Barrie Keown was deservedly presented with the player-of-the-year trophy, while the MacKinnon Trophy for the club person of the year was shared for the first time by coach Lee Stewart and president Gary Alexander for their efforts throughout the season.

To cap a memorable night for Mr Storey, he was awarded life membership for his devoted service to the club.

The Linden would like to thank manager Matt Flinders and his staff at the Mansfield House for providing a magnificent meal and excellent service throughout the evening.