The Adria House Hotel in Edinburgh was the setting recently for a special night for those running Lasswade Athletic Club, as the Midlothian organisation completed the final of several events to celebrate its first 30 years of competition.
Started in 1981 by the community education wing of Lasswade High School Centre in response to local demand, the athletic club has continued to thrive on the national stage, and provides opportunities for youngsters and adults to experience the sport at all levels from beginner to championship level and from simply keeping fit to representing your country.
Relying entirely on voluntary help, the present committee saw this as an opportunity to play host to those who had served the interests of the club and the local community for many years, and some of them over much of the 30 years since it was founded.
Present chairman, Brian Wilson, introduced the evening as “simply an ideal opportunity to bring together Lasswade AC friends and members to acknowledge their contributions over such a long period”.
He stressed the continued value of their efforts, which continue to keep the Midlothian club at the fore front of Scottish athletics despite the many drawbacks associated with operating in the present financial environment.
‘Maintaining local values and standards in athletics’ was the theme of guest speaker Adrian Stott when he congratulated Lasswade on its success in doing so over the past three decades and in wishing them every success in the future.
Long service awards were presented by Adrian Stott of Run & Become to Wilma Kerr, Kenneth Marshall, John Stege, Robert and Anne Agnew, Brian and Frances Murray, Agnes and John Veitch, Michael and Eileen Murray, David Finlayson, Barbara Howie, David McConnell and David Hand.
Afterwards the assembled guests enjoyed the hospitality of their hosts and the reminiscences of the guests of honour over refreshments.