Saturday November 28th 2015
Our annual St Andrew's Ball was held again at the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria Hotel, Sheffield, and despite the torrential rain and gales, over 100 guests arrived superbly dressed for the occasion, and determined to enjoy themselves. They were greeted by our President, Professor Ann Macaskill and her Consort, Dr. Norman Macaskill. The hotel looked spectacular, decorated with a Christmas tree in the doorway and the ballroom festooned with lights and baubles, in our Caledonian colours of blue and white, making a wonderful backdrop for the tartan banners hung round the room. The President and her top table desks were piped in by Society Honorary Piper, Alex Ritchie - an extremely talented piper. The principal guestsfor the evening were the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, the Master and Mistress Cutler, the President of the Robert Burns World Federation, and the President and Consorts of the Sheffield Cambrian Society and Royal Society of St. George.
After an elegant, Gaelic Grace in rhyme, penned and delivered by Margaret Fall, the Haggis was addressed by Ian McMaster and we then enjoyed a wonderful meal.
Following presentations of the Society's trophies for Bridge, Golf, Bowling and Crazy Golf, we were ready for the wonderful music of our band for the evening, Danelaw, who played the jigs and reels as we danced the night away.
The raffle made over £500 for our President's charities for this year, the Highland Hospices and the St Andrew's Children's Contact Centre, and the lucky winners went home with wonderful prizes. The evening ended with Auld Lang Syne and 3 cheers for the President and everyone went home with a warm glow and lovely memories of a very happy evening.
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