What a great night we had with all our friends and supporters, full of community spirit, intent on having fun and making the evening a great success!
The Village Inn, Fairlie was packed to the rafters with Friends of the Firth of Clyde (FoFoC) supporters for an evening of food, music and dancing in support of our mission to demand full regulatory and environmental scrutiny of proposals to bring oil rig decommissioning to the Hunterston Peninsular.
Piped in by the fabulous Fairlie piper Alistair Beveridge, over 80 guests were greeted at the door of the Village Inn for the start of the evening. Caroline warmly welcomed everyone on behalf of FoFoC and young Kate Shelly confidently recited the Selkirk Grace. Ken Tully then gave a stirring Address to the Haggis, followed by a Scottish poem reading from another young talent Jamie Shelly. Last, but not least, the supper was concluded by David Nairn, who raised the roof, and a few eyebrows, in his highly entertaining Address to the Lassies, followed by Nic Macaulay-Smith who gave a suitably witty and robust Reply to the Laddies leaving the committee, aka “The Fairlie Flappers”, calling for more!
Following the lively auction and raffle, the hugely talented Chanty Dyke Ceilidh Band gave a fantastic performance and entertained guests until the night drew to a close at midnight.
We are delighted that the event raised approximately £2800, all of which will go to the FoFoC legal fund.
The event was made possible by the generosity and community spirit of so many people, special thanks go to:
- Alistair, Ken, Kate, Jamie, David and Nic for their skilled oration
- Chanty Dyke for donating their fabulous performance, we hope that the whip round and cries for more made the evening as enjoyable for you as it was for us.
- Everyone that so generously donated such fantastic raffle and auction prizes: Haven Spa / Christine Ewing / Rachel Ewing / Liz Kent / Rhona Cameron / Cyndy Duff / Mavis Briggs / Ann Brooks / Chandlers Hotel / Geraldo’s / Arnold Clarke / No. 75 Hairdressers / Ian Ewing / Alistair Houston / Holistic Yoga / Clyde Porpoise / Liam McIlvanney / Scott McGregor / Ian Murdoch / Marion Gilchrist / Elisabeth and Bill Thomas / Kelburn Country Centre / Sian Kater / Miles Montgomerie / John Fox / Hamilton Race Course / Church Pew Scotland.com
Fairlie Community Church for loan of the tables.
Massive thanks to Brian and all the staff at the Village Inn, Fairlie for their excellent food, good humour and efficient service – you were great!
All our supporters who gave so generously to the raffle & auction; and the whip round for Chanty Dyke and the staff of the Village Inn.
All our friends and family for putting up with the endless conversations about Oil Rigs!
What’s Next? Watch this Space! This is the first of a number of events we intend to hold through the coming months. Keep in touch, sign up as a Supporter today and receive regular updates.