Dunoon & District Angling Club 70th Annual Dinner and presentation of Prizes 2019
On Saturday 23rd November, Dunoon and District Angling Club held their 70th Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes for 2019 in the Argyll Hotel.
Pipe major, Duncan McLeod piped in the top table, led by Club President Davy Landsburgh. President Davy then welcomed members and guests. On his right two guests from Dunrod Angling Club, Greenock, Ronnie Peterson, Honorary Secretary and Vice-president Graham Forbes were warmly welcomed. On the left Mr Iain Burgoyne (nickname Budgie) who was going to propose a toast to Dunoon and District Angling Club and William Dick who is gong to propose a toast to the Gentle Art. Both guest speakers are from New Cumnock.
The evening started with Joe Docherty saying Grace followed by a first-class meal.
Iain (Budgie) Burgoyne gave an extremely entertaining and very funny talk finishing with a toast to Dunoon and District Angling Club.
This was followed by the presentation of prizes.
A Cameron Cup for Outings & The Heaviest Fish – Alan Miller
Over 50s Trophy Loch Tarsan – Hamish McInnes
The Loch Eck Trophy & Heaviest Fish – Alan Miller
The Jimmy Docherty Rover Challenge Trophy presented to a member who makes a qualifying catch from all or most of the club’s waters during the current season. This year’s Trophy was won by four members – Bob Clark, Allan Miller, Bill Rankin and Alastair McGillivray
On the 27th July the annual fishing match took place at Loch Tarsan between DDAC and Dunrod Angling Club. The day started with bacon rolls in the Argyll Hotel where we found Dunrod had only 3 anglers and DDAC had 5 anglers. It was decided to draw straws to see who would fish for Dunrod. President Davy was left out of the draw. Bill Rankin, Ron Ganley, Allan Miller and Lee Lindop drew straws and, believe it or not, Dunoon gave Dunrod our club champion, Lee Lindop.
At the end of a fine day’s fishing, Dunrod won the day with 6 fish to 5.
The Thomson Trophy was donated by Jack Thomson, a member of Dunrod Angling Club, who was also a founder member of Dunoon and District Angling Club for 67 years.
The trophy was introduced to promote inter-club friendly fishing rivalry. Jack Thomson sadly passed away earlier this year. So, it is fitting that the Thomson Trophy goes back to Dunrod this year. The President’s address was that it “gives him great pain” to present the trophy to Vice-president of Dunrod, Graham Forbes.
President Davy announced that Colin MacDonald Junior, a member since 1977 and one of DDAC’s past presidents was unable to attend the dinner and sends his apologies. Colin is on his way to the World Fly-fishing Championships in Tasmania because he has been chosen to fish in the Scottish team. This is a huge achievement and the Club wished Colin every success.
After the presentation of trophies, Mr Willie Dick, President, New Cumnock Burns Club gave a very, very funny and interesting talk on how to enjoy your fishing and finishing with a toast to “The Gentle Art”.
This year Raffle was a great success with a lot of great prizes and raised 430 pounds for club funds. Peter Menzies and his team did a fine job. Many thanks to all members and guests who brought along a raffle prize.
Professor Jim Sharp was last year’s recipient of the Macaulay Tankard. This tankard is presented each year to an unsuspecting recipient for services to the Club. This year’s winner was Peter Menzies who was given 15 minutes to prepare a reply. Peters reply was very witty and funny and he was delighted to receive the Tankard.
President, Davy Landsburgh thanked the guest speakers and contributors for a real “guid” night and especially thanked members and guests for their continued support of the dinner. Russell Buchanan Past President proposed a vote of thanks to the President for chairing a fine fine evening which resulted in a standing ovation.
President Davy presenting Alan Miller with the Loch Eck Trophy
President Davy presenting Hamish McInnes with the Loch Tarsan over 50’s Trophy
President Davy presenting Alan Miller with the Alex Cameron Outings Cup
Graham Forbes, Vice President of Dunrod being presented with the Thomson Trophy