Last night the 2019 Legends Dinner was held at the prestigious, exclusive members club The Hurlingham Club in Fulham.
The event went down a storm with the 300+ guests in attendance. They were treated to a fantastic 3-course meal, silent and live auctions, entertaining speeches and a very well-organised event.
The Club was lucky enough to be joined by some distinguished guests including Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend and Hall of Famer Mark Bright. The Calcutta Cup even made a very exclusive trip down to The Hurlingham with Gregor. Guests were incredibly fortunate to get photos with the Cup, Scotland had retained at Twickenham back in March, on the evening.
The focal point of the evening’s proceedings was to welcome the four inductees into the illustrious Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Gavin Hastings and Sir David Reid. The four who entered this year were former player and President Robin Marshall, ex-British and Irish Lions Billy Steele and Rob Wainwright and former London Scottish player and coach and current Head Coach of England Sevens, Simon Amor. All four richly deserved their inductions after their various achievements and dedication to the Club.
London Scottish President Paul Burnell was the first to give a speech on the evening as he reflected on a largely successful season for the Club eluding to the Melrose 7s victory, the Lions’ successful first season and the ever-growing Girls, Mini and Junior sections. Gregor Townsend spoke briefly to a very appreciative crowd as he touched on the build up to the World cup in Japan and recounted some brilliant stories from his time as Scotland Head Coach.
Guests were also treated to a witty speech from Guest Speaker for the evening, international referee and barrister Wayne Barnes, who has just been selected to referee at the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. He gave many a tale from his time at forefront of refereeing the Men’s game.
Throughout the evening David Kurk led proceedings in exemplary fashion as the MC. Willie Allan MBE was in charge of the auction and had the room laughing away as the Club raised money for both the forthcoming 2019/20 season and the charity partner for the evening My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.
The Club was fortunate to align with the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation as charity partner this year and help raise some money for their incredible charity which is working tirelessly towards the goal of finding a cure for the awful Motor Neurone Disease.
The Club would like to thank Carbon Financial for its support in sponsoring the 2019 Legends Dinner, without their backing, the event would not be possible.
The 2020 Legends Dinner will be a special anniversary dinner which has already been planned and will take at The Hurlingham Club again on Thursday 14th May 2020. Ticket information will be released in the coming months, keep your eyes peeled across social media and the eZine.
Special thanks must go to the Commercial team of Louise West and Scott Cherry who worked ever so hard and ably assisted the outstanding leadership team of Brenda Roberts, Lesley Taylor, Ian Smellie and Lindsay Forbes.