Over 130 of the Court , Livery and Scottish Distilling trade turned out for the Scottish Dinner on 8thSeptember in The Surgeons Hall Edinburgh.
A great evening, with a rumbustious atmosphere, no doubt helped by the excellent wines and spirits on offer, seemed to be enjoyed by everyone present!!
Of particular note was the Lagavulin 200th anniversary provided by Diageo in celebration of this the distillery’s 200 th year
The Guests were toasted by Liveryman Leonard Russel who, if ever in need of a second career, could soon be appearing at The Festival Fringe as a comedian!!!
Replying for the guests was well know Scottish stand-up Fred Macaulay who had in fact appeared in his own show at The Festival Fringe.
Judging the audience and tone required might have been difficult but Fred delivered just what was expected, a really funny speech with some very witty observations on the night.
Not least, in reference to the Navy attendees, his reference to attending the dinner of “A Warship full of Distillers”
The Master rounded of the evening and everyone repaired to The Library for an excellent stirrup cup.
Earlier in the day The Court met and granted Freedom of The Livery to Mr Gordon Doctor and Freedom of The Company by Presentation to David Frost Chief Executive of the SWA.