Prest­wick Speech­mas­ters

Ayrshire Post - - News -

Jack Quinn was chair­man at the lat­est meet­ing of Prest­wick Speech­mas­ters.

The first speech by Iain Mclean was en­ti­tled ‘ A Rugby Player’ and he talked about the play­ers who had his ad­mi­ra­tion in the po­si­tion of full back, in­clud­ing Ken Scot­land, Andy Irvine and Gavin Hast­ings as well as JPR Wil­liams and Ser­gio Blanco.

The sec­ond speech ‘ An En­gi­neer’ by Michael Lit­ton in­cluded static en­gi­neers like Brunel and Telford and dy­namic en­gi­neers such as Diesel and James Watt. The story no one knew was about Brad­ford Sewage Works, a bril­liant suc­cess and one of the few projects of its kind to make money.

Arthur Maxwell rounded off the evening with a his­tory of air­ships. Some were sur­prised to hear of zep­pelin raids on Ed­in­burgh, as well as many on the south and east of Eng­land.

His ti­tle ‘ A Dilemma’ came from the story of a fish­ing boat mas­ter who opted not to save the crew of a crashed zep­pelin, leav­ing them to die as he feared for the lives of his crew if he res­cued them.

The fam­i­lies of the fish­ing boat cap­tain and some of the dead crew were brought to­gether re­cently and a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion took place.

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