Potted history, paella and pasta

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THERE was a good turnout at the Arbroath Speakers’ Club meeting on Thursday evening, when 19 members and three guests braved the weather and made their way to the Meadowbank Inn, Arbroath.

Chairman for the evening, Christine Watkin, introduced a programme of four very varied speeches. One was prepared to demonstrate use of gesture; another was designed as a humorous speech followed by one that challenged the speaker to demonstrate three of the skills set out in the ‘Speakers’ Guide’. The fourth speech was also a demonstration of the art of using gestures in a speech.

For the use of gestures assignment, Robert Peat chose ‘Today’ as his title, using the origin of calendars and special dates such as those dedicated to Saints. June Jelly, in a humorous speech, shared with her audience the deep and lasting relationship she has had with Tesco over many years.

Pauline McLennan’s ‘Potted History of Monifieth’ took members on an historical tour of a town in which she has lived for many years.

The fourth speaker, Jim Smith, is a long-standing member of a number of speakers clubs, currently the Strathmore club that meets in Kirriemuir. Jim, a former naval commander, wove the heroics of Admiral Nelson into his speech ‘The Italian Job’, a reprise of a toast that he gave many years ago in Sorrento at a dinner to celebrate Nelson.

Jackie Barrack, a relatively new member of the Arbroath Club, made her debut as topics’ setter for the evening.

Taking foreign food as her theme, Jackie challenged John Winterton, Fiona Law, Duncan Stewart, Robert Ramsay, Chris McIntosh and Sharon Cummings to talk for up to three minutes on paella, sauerbraten, sushi, borsht, haggis and pasta.

Jerry Jackson, Alastair Rodger, Jim Christie and Lis Hill evaluated the speeches; Norma Findlay was the general evaluator.

The next meeting of the Arbroath Speakers’ Club for this session will be held at the Meadowbank on Thursday (April 4) at 7.30 p.m. For more information, contact the secretary, tel: 01241 852630, or email robthill@gmail.com. For further information about the National Association of Speakers’ Clubs, visit www.the-asc.org.uk

As part of Tartan Week 2012, the Arbroath and Strathmore Speakers’ Clubs have once again joined forces to present ‘Speaking of Scotland’, an evening of lively discussion, debate and public speaking on a Scottish theme in the Council Chambers, Town and County Hall, Forfar on Friday, April 5. Doors are open from 6,30 p.m. and the programme starts at 7 p.m. Entry is free and refreshments will be served in the interval. Tickets are available from Jim Smith, tel: 01575 574435.