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SPRA Dinner Dance 2011

A busy dancefloor for the evening

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.

The chef for the evening is "outed" as a Yorkshireman
The menu, including a Timbale of Haggis piped in and addressed by Pipe Major Iain Grant, was very well received.  The Crab and Smoked Haddock Chowder starter and Duo of Beef with Black Pudding main course provided a suitable Scottish Theme.  By the time the dessert of White Chocolate Almond & Apricot Delice with Drambuie Raspberries was polished off, the guests were in fine fettle, and ready for this year’s speeches.

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. 

SPRA Student Prizewinners
Fergus also presented two SPRA Student Scholarships; to Conan McLaren - BEng (Hons) Polymer Engineering, and Adrianna Pia, BSc (Hons) Product Design Engineering.  Both had achieved excellent results in their respective courses at Edinburgh Napier University.

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.

Sandy Strang in full flow
From Dinner to Dancing; and some routines of a different sort were on view.  Live music was once again provided by “Life and Soul”, with their excellent renditions of classic and contemporary popular hits.  Extra excitement was provided this year by a Fire Alarm Evacuation, which came rather fittingly, when the band were performing “Disco Inferno”.  Thankfully this was a false alarm, and guests were able to return to the function to continue the evening’s enjoyment.  Indeed, the break seemed to help give everyone renewed vigour, and the dance-floor was full up until 2am.

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. 

Professional portrait photography was provided by John Devlin Photography, whilst other photographs of the eveing can be viewed here

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

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