Night of cel­e­bra­tion to mark 50-year mile­stone

Even Dan­ish deputy mayor at­tends bash

East Kilbride News - - READER TRAVEL - Paul Thom­son

Dig­ni­taries from home and abroad helped East Kil­bride Sports Coun­cil cel­e­brate their 50th an­niver­sary re­cently.

Lolan Ottesen, the Deputy Mayor from EK’s twin town of Ballerup in Den­mark, was among the guests for the cel­e­bra­tions, aptly held at the Ballerup Hall.

And she was joined by Provost Ian McAl­lan, Linda Fabi­ani MSP, Dr Lisa Cameron MP as the town came to­gether to mark the coun­cil’s con­tri­bu­tion to our sport­ing suc­cess sto­ries. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Sport Scot­land, SALSC and the other Sports Coun­cil’s within South La­nark­shire were also in at­ten­dance along­side lo­cal politi­cians and mem­bers of lo­cal sports clubs.

Over the last five decades EKSC have helped fund the likes of Com­mon­wealth Games stars San­dra Whit­taker (now Seenan) and Graeme English in the 1980s and, more re­cently, tram­polin­ist Pamela Clark and women’s foot­baller Me­gan Sned­don ful­fil their po­ten­tial.

And after a three-course meal, EKSC founder mem­ber An­gus McCon­nell kicked things off with a brief his­tory on the sports coun­cil from the orig­i­nal meet­ing in the Stu­art Ho­tel in May 1967 to the cur­rent year.

Provost McAl­lan then replied mak­ing ref­er­ence to the valu­able work of all four sports coun­cils within South La­nark­shire and high­light­ing the fact it was the for­ward think­ing of EKSC that has cre­ated the strong and healthy con­tri­bu­tion of sports coun­cils not only in South La­nark­shire and Scot­land but very much fur­ther afield and over­seas.

Lolan Ottesen spoke about the many suc­cess­ful ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­changes be­tween EK and Ballerup dur­ing the last 50 years and con­cluded by look­ing for­ward to many more in years to come.

At­ten­dees were then treated to some en­ter­tain­ment from well-known after din­ner speaker, Bill McDougall.

Bill told hi­lar­i­ous sto­ries about his life as a su­per­in­ten­dent in the Strath­clyde Po­lice Force, fol­lowed by his life after re­tire­ment, as head of se­cu­rity with the Scot­tish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

Guests then danced the night away with a ceilidh thanks to mu­sic from the Loudon Ceilidh Band. Sports coun­cil trea­surer, Bob An­der­son, said: “The Com­mit­tee of EKSC were in­deed de­lighted with the sup­port and suc­cess of the evening.

“It was a great re­union for many of our past com­mit­tee mem­bers and former sports per­son­al­i­ties.

“All the hard work and or­gan­i­sa­tion was in­deed worth it as nu­mer­ous com­pli­ments were re­ceived, in­clud­ing a mo­tion from the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment con­grat­u­lat­ing EKSC on their 50th An­niver­sary with the very best for the next 50 years and be­yond.

“I’d also like to thank the lo­cal shops, restau­rants and busi­nesses for their nu­mer­ous do­na­tions to­wards our raf­fle.

“A great night was had by all.”

All smiles EKSC trea­surer Bob An­der­son, Linda Fabi­ani MSP, An­gus McCon­nell, Dr Lisa Cameron MP and Dan­ish guest Lolan Ottesen

Praise Provost Ian McAl­lan hailed the hard work of EK Sports Coun­cil

Stal­wart Found­ing mem­ber An­gus McCon­nell

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