Sparkling speeches at Speakers’ Club

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There was a good turnout of members and guests at the Arbroath Speakers Club fortnightly meeting in the Meadowbank on Thursday.

Club president Robert Peat established the tone of the evening with his by now regular mini-quiz.

Jim Christie opened proceedings with a presentation on the club’s history which he put together as recently elected club secretary and custodian of the minute book.

Christine Watkin was speakers’ chairman for the evening and introduced three speakers.

Sharon Cummings, now an advanced speaker, entertained and informed the audience with her speech on body language entitled ‘Skills of Successful Communication’

This was followed by John Winterton’s ‘Am I Dead?’ an advanced speech prompted by the damage stress does to a person’s wellbeing.

Third speaker of the evening was Amanda Cowie, a new member making a start with her first speech, ‘Teen Agers’, a humorous observation of the habits of the young.

Topics chair June Jelly made the unusual move of distributing ‘£1 notes’ to the company and then tasking the speakers to use their powers of persuasion to get them to part ways. Doing so were: Jacky Barrack (SPCA), Danny Martin (RNLI), Mary Law (MeningitisNow), Norma Findlay (Hearing Dogs), Jim Shaw (Tayside Mountain Rescue) and Robert Hill (National Trust for Scotland).

Jacky Barrack (SPCA), Danny Martin (RNLI), Mary Law (MeningitisNow), Norma Findlay (Hearing Dogs), Jim Shaw (Tayside Mountain Rescue) and Robert Hill (National Trust for Scotland).

The speeches were evaluated by Elisabeth Hill and Robert Ramsay was general evaluator. For information about the Arbroath Club email arbroath.socsec@the-ASC.org.uk or call 01674 820294.