SPRA Dinner Dance 2011
A great turnout once again made their way to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow, for the 37th Annual SPRA Dinner Dance. As well as regular supporters, several new table hosts joined up this year, including Summit Systems, Solutions 4 Polymers, Wittmann Battenfeld, and Ultra Polymers.
The top table was hosted by SPRA President Fergus Hardie and his wife, who were joined by Tony Pringle of the SPE, and Chris Pennison of IAC Group, with his wife. Last but not least was the celebrated after dinner speaker Sandy Strang.
Fergus Hardie started the speeches with his inspiring and entertaining address to the audience, which included a list of the SPRA achievements during the previous year, highlights of which were winning the “Local Society of the Year” crown, and the hugely successful “Fantastic Plastic” lectures – attracting enough interest to justify holding events in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Fergus then introduced Sandy Strang, who launched into a quick-fire routine of comedy and anecdote, which had the audience in tears of laughter from the off. From tales from his native Paisley, to an alternative rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody (via a guide to the benefits of theology when shopping around for insurance), Sandy provided his unique slant on many aspects of daily life. Finishing off as he began, Sandy left the guests full of laughter, with some tables giving a standing ovation.
Whilst the dancing was underway, the ever popular tombola was managed by Colin and Susan Hindle, with assistance from the student guests. The tombola raised over £400 of funds to help the SPRA continue the great work it does for polymer education and industry.
Preparations are already underway for the next Dinner Dance, which will be held on Friday, 2nd March 2012
Report written by David Barlow, Social Convenor