LARGS Agricultural Society held its annual dinner in the Willowbank Hotel recently.

The top table was piped in by Frazer Blair while John Menzies took the chair and welcomed all members and friends attending.

The Toast to the Society was proposed by David Wilson, a Conservative councillor from Port Glasgow.

As usual, the Toast was laced with good humour, and as David was acquainted with many of the members and guests, especially from the Greenock/Inverkip area, his words were well received.

John Menzies gave a report on last year’s show and told how it is to be hoped that younger members of the farming fraternity will become more involved to carry on the important tradition.

The main speaker was Drew McKenzie, a third generation butcher from Port Glasgow.

Drew is an accomplished speaker, and while there was much humour in his delivery, there was a serious message as he spoke of the nature of his grandfather’s business in the years when the butchers supplied the canteens for the shipyards and how times have changed.

The company was given an insight into the special expertise and costs involved with an independent butcher's work in comparison to the supermarket product.

Drew's message was very much 'support your local butcher'.

Neil McNicol delivered a comprehensive vote of thanks, which included the staff of the Willowbank Hotel.

Photos: John Keachie.