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The Annual Glasgow Lunch of 2009 - In Honour of Irene Sharp for her services to Scottish Variety Theatre.

THE SCOTTISH MUSIC HALL & VARIETY THEATRE SOCIETY

ANNUAL GLASGOW LUNCH IN HONOUR OF

IRENE SHARP

The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Green Room Restaurant
Sunday 12th of April 2009.

Irene Sharp of Cormack and Sharp

 

Some of the Guests attending our Annual Lunch

Tom and Jack - The Alexander Brothers

Enjoying his pudding Scottish Comedian Ronnie Coburn and his wife Midi

Hon President Johnny Beattie with Anne Fields (Left) and Vida Cotton (Right)

Hon Vice President - Mrs Mary Lee Milroy with Billy Differ

Irene Cormack with her Presentation Montage

With Irene from left to right are Tom Alexander, Anne Fields and Jack Alexander

The Presentation Montage

PRESENTED TO IRENE CORMACK IN RECOGNITION OF HER SERVICES TO SHOW BUSINESS
FROM THE
SCOTTISH MUSIC HALL & VARIETY THEATRE SOCIETY

Photographs courtesy of Bill Reid.

THE ANNUAL GLASGOW LUNCH

By Bill Green - Outings Correspondent

A Report on the Lunch will follow shortly.

The Annual Glasgow Lunch of 2008 - In Honour of Gerard Kelly for services to Scottish Variety Theatre.

 

THE SCOTTISH MUSIC HALL & VARIETY THEATRE SOCIETY

ANNUAL GLASGOW LUNCH IN HONOUR OF

GERARD KELLY

The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Green Room Restaurant
Sunday 13th of April 2008.

 

 

Gerard Kelly

Hon. President - Johnny Beattie

Irene Sharp of "Cormack and Sharp"

Carmen Capaldi

Star of "Para Handy" - Sean Scanlan

From Left to Right Sean Scanlan, Barbara Rafferty, Gerard Kelly, Hon Vice President - Mary Lee Milroy and Hon President - Johnny Beattie 

The Presentation Montage

PRESENTED TO GERARD KELLY FOR HIS SERVICES TO SCOTTISH ENTERTAINMENT
FROM THE
SCOTTISH MUSIC HALL & VARIETY THEATRE SOCIETY 2008

Photographs courtesy of Bill Reid.

THE ANNUAL GLASGOW LUNCH

By Bill Green - Outings Correspondent

Sunday April 13 had us once again returning to the wonderful Green Room Restaurant of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for our Annual Glasgow Lunch. It is the custom at this yearly occasion to honour a Star with a special presentation for their services to Scottish Entertainment. This year's honour went deservedly to the very well known Star of Stage, Screen and Pantomime, Mr Gerard Kelly.

Ninety eight members and friends sat down to an excellent four course lunch accompanied by Moira Hepburn on the piano who played a wonderful selection of music throughout the meal.

The Principal Guests for Gerard were our Hon. President Mr Johnny Beattie, Ms Barbara Rafferty and Mr Sean Scanlan. Johnny began the next stage of the proceedings, speaking of Gerard and recalling anecdotes of when they both appeared in Panto together. Fellow "River City" Star Barbara Rafferty, a well known Celebrity, then spoke very eloquently about Gerard and congratulated him on his career and Award from the Society. Johnny then read out three very amusing letters for Gerard from his close friends, Andy Gray, Karen Dunbar and Tony Roper.

After the speeches and letters, Johnny, on behalf of the Society, then presented Gerard with a lovely framed Montage which illustrated his Career to date. Photographs among the Montage included Characters played by Gerard in , Eastenders, Brookside, Ricky Gervais's Exras, Pantomime Productions and Theatre Plays. Gerard very courteously accepted the Award and thanked the Society very kindly for honouring him. Gerard then amused everyone with his own acceptance speech, regaling everyone with his own anecdotes and funny stories.

A number of Members spoke to Gerard after the Lunch. It was generally agreed that he was a really nice guy, with time for everyone and a really worthy recipient of the Award.

The Chairman, Derek Green, thanked everyone who attended, Cass and all the Staff of the Green Room Restaurant and Moira Hepburn for her delightful selection of music. The Committee would like to thank David Hutchison and Nancy MacKay for organising the raffle, Secretary Bob Bain for co-ordinating the Lunch and Eleanor Bain for designing the Montage.

Another wonderful day out at a marvellous venue, thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended! 

 

The Annual Glasgow Lunch of 2007 - In Honour of Fay Lenore for services to Scottish Variety Theatre.

THE ANNUAL GLASGOW LUNCH

By Bill Green - Outings Correspondent

Sunday 25th March saw us back at the wonderful Green Room Restaurant of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for the annual presentation by the Society to a member of Scottish show business for their excellent contribution to the world of entertainment over the years.

This years award went to the very talented Miss Fay Lenore, star of many pantomimes including "A Wish for Jamie" and lavish revues such as the famous "Five Past Eight" shows from the Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow. 86 members and friends of the Society sat down to an excellent four-course lunch with Fay as Guest of Honour. During the lunch we were entertained as always with an excellent musical accompaniment on the piano from our very own Moira Hepburn, who’s extensive repertoire was a total joy to listen to and many thanks to Moira for that as was shown in the heart warming applause she received at the end.

After the coffee was served we moved onto the presentation itself. Our Hon. President Mr Johnny Beattie did the honours and on behalf of the Society presented Fay with a framed Montage of Herself surrounded by pictures and posters of many famous stars with whom she had worked with over the years, including one Francis Albert Sinatra and Committee Member Sheena Cairns also presented Fay with a lovely arrangement of flowers. Fay was absolutely delighted and was very moved by the occasion. Guest Speakers, Johnny Beattie and Anne Fields both spoke of their high regard for Fay and messages from Stanley Baxter, Don McLean and Tom and Jack Alexander were read out to Fay by members of the Committee, Helen Randell - Vice Chair, Nancy McKay and Dave McIntyre.

Fay then took to the rostrum herself and thanked the Society most sincerely for the honour she received. As the afternoon progressed, we were entertained with two past BBC recordings of Fay’s singing provided by Society member Bill Cousins. These recordings were a joy to listen to and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

The day was rounded off with the drawing of the raffle and a vote of sincere thanks to all who attended from Chairman Derek Green and with special thanks to Hon Secretary Bob Bain for all his hard work in organising the event. The day ended with a rousing chorus of "Auld Lang Syne" and after some general blethering we all went on our merry way. Many thanks to Angus, Kas and the wonderful staff of the Green Room Restaurant. The Concert Hall did us proud yet again. Another wonderful day out and another success for our popular Society.

PRESENTED

TO FAY LENORE

IN RECOGNITION OF HER SERVICES TO SHOW BUSINESS

FROM THE SCOTTISH MUSIC HALL & VARIETY THEATRE SOCIETY

Please view the photographs from the Annual Glasgow Lunch below this article

The Annual Glasgow Lunch - 2007

The Annual Glasgow Lunch 2007

Held in the Green Room of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Sunday 25 March 2007.

Annual Award Presentation to Fay Lenore

For Services to Scottish Variety Theatre.

 

From Left to Right: Jim Hastie; Vice Chair Helen Randell; Fay Lenore; Anne Fields and Hon. President Johnny Beattie

 

 

 

 

Guest Speaker - Miss Anne Fields

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hon. President and Guest Speaker - Johnny Beattie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Fay Lenore

 

 

 

Society Members, Friends and Honoured Guests gather at the bar.

Showcards, Programmes and Photographs featuring Fay Lenore.

Display Material was supplied by Bill Cousins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Anne Fields and John Moore Right: Former Dancer Beryl Beattie

         

Stephanie MacDonald, Actress with James Keenan, Actor and Company Manager for Radio Theatre Group (Glasgow)

Previous Vice Chair: Betty Clarkson with Membership Secretary: Bill Green

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Photographs kindly supplied by Society Member Bill Reid and Secretary Bob Bain

The Annual Glasgow Lunch of 2006 - In Honour of Ron Coburn M.B.E for services to Scottish Variety Theatre.

THE ANNUAL GLASGOW LUNCH

By Bill Green - Outings Correspondent

Sunday 2nd April 2006 saw 96 of our membership attend the Society's Annual Presentation Lunch at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. It was held in the beautiful aptly named Green Room with its very pleasant decor and a great view of the full length of Buchanan Street. A splendid room for a really nice occasion.

This year the Annual Society award was presented by our Hon. President Mr Johnny Beattie to Ron Coburn M.B.E for his outstanding contribution to Scottish Show Business over the last 50 years, many of them involving his excellent "Breath of Scotland" variety show, not only at home but abroad in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other Countries where there are folks who look forward to nostalgic trips down Memory Lane and love the music, dance and humour that they appreciated so much from times past.

The award that Ron was delighted to accept took the form of a framed montage consisting of a map of Scotland with Ronnie in the centre and surrounded by photographs of many of the stars that he had appeared with over the years.

The Concert Hall served us an excellent lunch as always and we were entertained, firstly by the wonderful piano selections from our very own Moira Hepburn during the meal and afterwards, with hilarious after-dinner repartee from Mary Lee Milroy and Johnny Beattie. After Johnny made the presentation, Ronnie regaled everyone with a host of his very amusing anecdotes of his many years in the business, which we all thoroughly enjoyed.

Ronnie accompanied by his charming wife Midi, an ex-dancer with the famous May Moxon Ladies, thanked the Society most kindly for his presentation which he greatly appreciated and said that he had enjoyed his day every bit as much as his visit to the Palace when he received his M.B.E from HRH Prince Charles.

The day ended with our Chairman Derek Green, thanking everyone for attending and giving sincere thanks to Moira for her excellent choice of music and to the Concert Hall Staff for looking after us so well. Derek also thanked our Hon. Secretary Bob Bain for his first class organisation of the event and also to the Committee for their help in making it all such a success. The entire company then joined hands and we all sang "Auld Lang Syne". A fitting end to a wonderful day greatly enjoyed by one and all.

 

A BREATH OF SCOTLAND

PRESENTED TO RONNIE COBURN M.B.E.

FOR HIS SERVICES TO SCOTTISH VARIETY THEATRE

FROM THE SCOTTISH MUSIC HALL AND VARIETY THEATRE SOCIETY

Please view the photographs from the Annual Glasgow Lunch below this article

The Annual Glasgow Lunch - 2006

 

The Annual Glasgow Lunch 2006

Held in the Green Room of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Sunday 2 April 2006.

Annual Award Presentation to Ron Coburn M.B.E

For Services to Scottish Variety Theatre.

From Left to Right

Ron Coburn M.B.E, Irene Sharp, Anne Fields, Sally Logan, Johnny Beattie and Joe Gordon

 

From Left to Right.

Bill Green (Membership Secretary), Derek Green (Chairman), Stephanie MacDonald and Eleanor Bain

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left to Right.

Ella Differ, Irene Sharp, Scott Wynter, Betty Clarkson and Rena Currie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Left to Right.

Betty Clarkson, Renna Currie, Eileen Keegan, Mary Lee and Anna Di Mascio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Left to Right

Bryce Wilson, Bernard Cotton and Vida Cotton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Left to Right

James MacDonald, Jim Hastie, Sally Logan, Joe Gordon and Peter Brabenbeg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Left to Right.

Eleanor Bain, Joan Green and Marie Donnelly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Coburn M.B.E with our Pianist Moira Hepburn.