Ro­tary club part­ners lunch a suc­cess

The Oban Times - - Districts -

SIXTY Lochaber ro­tar­i­ans en­joyed the club’s an­nual part­ners lunch last week.

Part­ners and guests gath­ered at the Alexan­dra Ho­tel, Fort Wil­liam, last Wed­nes­day (Fe­bru­ary 15) for a pre­sen­ta­tion by Lochaber moun­taineer and busi­ness­man Ian Sykes.

The club also wel­comed Alas­dair Fer­gu­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Fer­gu­son Trans­port and Ship­ping, and his wife Jill, to the an­nual lunch.

Fer­gu­sons is the club’s prin­ci­pal spon­sor and has been a ‘sig­nif­i­cant force’ be­hind the Christ­mas fes­ti­val with its fund­ing of the Cairn­gorm rein­deer.

Ian Sykes en­ter­tained the au­di­ence with a talk about his life’s ad­ven­tures, rang­ing from his time in the moun­tain res­cue team at RAF Kin­loss, his years in­struct­ing at the Out­ward Bound Locheil Cen­tre, to his Antarc­tic ex­pe­di­tions and, along with his close friend Iain Sutherland, set­ting up the Ne­vis­port Shop and, ul­ti­mately, the Ne­vis Range ski devel­op­ment.

The pro­ject later di­ver­si­fied into a moun­tain bik­ing course and what is now ar­guably the best down­hill bik­ing track in the world. The World Moun­tain Bik­ing event last year at­tracted more than 17,000 peo­ple.

Past pres­i­dent Ron Gret­ton, who has known Ian for more than 40 years, said: ‘Ian has done a fan­tas­tic job in the pro­mo­tion and sell­ing of Fort Wil­liam. I never tire of see­ing th­ese pho­tos and we are glad, af­ter sev­eral at­tempts, to have wel­comed Ian to share his ex­pe­ri­ences with the club.’

Pho­to­graph Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

Part­ners of Lochaber Ro­tary Club mem­bers en­joy their an­nual lunch.

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