18 November 2015: The reunion was incredibly successful and as I write version 1 of the Reunion Report I have been receiving a steady stream of congratulatory messages. A full report will appear in the March QSO (too late for December which is on it’s way to print).
As with all our reunions the weekend was very convivial and despite some very hostile weather caused by Storm Abigail we all had a great time. There was an advance party of people arriving on the Thursday, mainly in preparation for a Scottish TV interview on the Friday. This took place on the tall ship Glenlee and a shortened version was broadcast on the local news that night but a longer version is due to be released soon and a link will be provided here.
Dinner on the Friday was about 15 minutes walk away, most people walked but some took a taxi as the weather was not as friendly as it could have been. A very pleasant evening to which 45 people sat down for the meal. On the Saturday morning over 30 us ferried ourselves down to Glenlee for a guided tour of the most interesting tall ship. We were royally welcomed and after an introductory speech were split into groups for a one hour tour which in my group’s case took nearly two hours. Our thanks to the enthusiastic and very professional guides who made the visit memorable. Many people visited the Riverside Museum which has a great collection of Glasgow related transport artefacts. A few of the others went on for lunch at The Anchor Line restaurant in central Glasgow, which is in fact in the building of the said company. Excellent food and drink and outstanding ephemera around the premises. Dinner that night was at an excellent Italian restaurant just over the road from the hotel and our numbers were up to 54 for this event. Rob Armstrong had arranged for a piper to pipe us in to the restaurant and after sitting down he gave us a stirring rendition of a couple of Scottish classics. Rob’s initiative was very well received by the troops.
Virtually all of us dispersed homewards on the Sunday but a few stayed on to get their fill of Glasgow’s excellent attractions. A superb weekend and great credit goes to Rob Armstrong and Joe Duffy for their outstanding organisation and logistical support. Onwards now to the annual reunion in April 2016.
A selection of photos will appear below as the emails and discs land on my desk. Click on the photos for a larger image.