Strathmore Speakers’ Club

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LAST week’s meeting of the Strathmore Speakers’ Club had a high turnout.

Three members gave readings from other people’s works.

Graham Carr was first with an extract from ‘The Tenderness of Wolves’ by Steff Penney.

Muriel Smith evaluated, awarding Graham a clear pass for the excellent way in which he had brought the scene to life.

Next, Jim Smith with an excerpt from ‘Para Handy’s Wedding’ by Neil Munro, describing the unusual chain of events that led to Para Handy proposing to the baker’s widow, Mary Crawford of Campbeltown.

Helen Fleming awarded Jim a pass

Third to speak was Edwin Petrie with four little excerpts from articles written by his grandfather, Peter Coughlan.

In his evaluation, David Affleck congratulated Edwin for the sincere way in which he had introduced the exceptional work of his grandfather.

The second half was conducted by club archivist, David Affleck, who invited five members to provide a ‘living archive’ by giving their recollections of the 30-year-old club.

Founder member and first president, Eric Summers spoke about the help and support given by the other clubs in the area in the formation of the Strathmore Club which first met at Jarman’s Hotel in Forfar.

Graham Carr recalled some of the early characters and how the Club had moved to the Airlie Arms Hotel and eventually to its present venue at the Kirriemuir Golf Club.