It was a memorable evening at the Royal Automobile Club, London, last Thursday where Frans ten Bos, Jim Shackleton and Sir David Reid were all inducted into the London Scottish Hall of Fame.
The annual Legends’ and Hall of Fame Dinner began with an introduction from CEO Kenny Baillie, who thanked all of the club's long-standing sponsors and reflected on the Incredible Journey over the past few seasons in the company of some of the clubs greatest players.
Iain Laughland, who played for the great London Scottish side of the 1960s, introduced the first two inductees of the night – Frans ten Bos and Jim Shackleton.
Paying tribute to both, he said: “They were two great players and it was tremendous fun to play with these guys.
“The spirit that the current players are showing now is similar to that team of the sixties and even now, Scottish is a fun, vibrant club to be a part of.”
After they had claimed their awards, there was a surprise in store for LSIL Chairman Sir David Reid, who was also inducted into the illustrious Hall of Fame.
Joe Flaherty and Rod Lynch introduced Sir David, and had nothing but positive words to say.
Joe said: “His dedication to the club with over 40 years at Scottish has been incredible.
“He has brought natural leadership and we are now in a position where we can be seen as the 15th best club in England.”
On acceptance of the award, Sir David outlined the plans to progress even further.
““The story isn’t finished yet, we will get there!
“It’s been a wonderful journey and I have loved every minute of it for which I would like to thank everyone at the club.”
Fergus Slattery then provided an entertaining speech, where the former Ireland, Barbarians and British and Irish Lions flanker recalled some of his fondest moments in the sport from his 14-year international career.
The evening was ended with an auction, where prizes such as Bill McLaren's commentary notes, and a golf break in Loch Lomond with Gavin Hastings were up for grabs.