Reply to the Toast “The Lasses” 1986
Reply to the Toast “Guests & Artistes” 1987
Became a member of ‘Let it Blaw’ 1985
A retired school teacher, Jim planned to attend the 1985 Supper as a guest of his son but stood in, at very short notice, starting the Supper off in traditional manner by singing Is there for Honest Poverty . This resulted in Club Secretary, Willie Shanks, proposing him for membership at the first interval, confirming his membership status at the next interval, then asking him for his £ 2 subscription at the end of the evening. Jim came out with what, for one Club Member was a not to be forgotten remark, “I think I’ve discovered ‘Let it Blaw’ 50 years too late.”
Jim thereafter started the suppers off in 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989 adding a speech or two and a few more songs along the way.
Jim thoroughly enjoyed involvement as a judge in the local School Competitions. In March 1989, after representing ‘Let it Blaw’ as a judge at Dean Park School, he returned home to Marchbank Drive, felt unwell and suffered a stroke that night. He died a few days later in hospital. A contribution to ‘Let it Blaw’ that was 50 years too short.