Raymond Ward

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Honorary Member of ‘Let it Blaw’

Vice President
1996,  1997,  1998
Secretary
1999,  2000,  2001

Reply to the Toast  “The Lasses”  1988

Proposer of the Toast  “Chairman & Croupiers”  1989

Proposer of the Toast  “The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns”  1991

Proposer of the Toast  “Chairman, Croupiers & Artistes”  1998

Proposer of the Toast  “Let it Blaw – the Balerno Burns Club”  1999,  2017

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Served on the Club Committee
1990,  1991,  1992,  1995

Became a member of ‘Let it Blaw’   1987

First mentioned in Toast List/Programme 1988 

Raymond is the brother of Club Member Norman Ward

 

Raymond holds dual membership of both ‘Let it Blaw’ and the Marchbank Burns Club. At the ‘Let it Blaw’ suppers of 2011, 2012 and 2013, Raymond attended in the office of President of the Marchbank club and, upholding tradition, gave Grace After Meat on each occasion.

While serving as Club Secretary, Raymond was there, pen in hand, to record the dramatic events surrounding the Committee Meeting of Tuesday 9th January 2001 at the Johnsburn House Hotel when mid-meeting, the first total lunar eclipse of the Third Millennium caused chaos with Martin Mitchell’s catering arrangements. Raymond’s minute of the meeting included :

Carl John arrived slightly late for the start of the meeting and, on entering the room, stated that there was a pink moon in the sky. He appeared to be sober so chairman Alex Hood adjourned the meeting to allow everyone to go outside and witness the spectacle. On returning, the full compliment enjoyed mince pies, biscuits and coffee; kindly supplied by committee member Martin Mitchell of the Johnsburn House Hotel. I would like to reiterate that everyone was sober and the moon was indeed a pinky orange colour.”

The Moon !

For the record, and for corroboration of what was a bizarre event even by ‘Let it Blaw’ standards, also present at the meeting, and all apparently sober, were John Graham Vice-Chairman, Ken McDonald Treasurer, Jim Tait Honorary President, and committee members Jim Weatherston, Charlie Struthers and Jimmie Dunbar. A final quick note from the Club President who was chairing the meeting ” As I recall the mince pies were particularly moist and tasty on that occasion !