NINTH BSAP SCOTTISH GATHERING
It is strange to think we have just held the ninth BSAP Scottish Gathering – how time flies! As in recent years it was held at the Royal Scots Club, in central Edinburgh, on Saturday 11th May 2019. Fortunately it was a beautiful day to welcome members and partners to the venue. Conversation flowed as everyone congregated in the lounge bar, where raffle tickets were enthusiastically sold by Karen Minchin. Thereafter everyone removed to the Douglas dining room, overlooking Queen Street gardens.
Steve Acornley, Honorary Secretary, greeted everyone and handed over to Reverend Paddy Allen who delivered grace. The excellent meal was enjoyed by all. Before coffee, UK Branch Chairman, Mike Coleman, spoke and emphasised the importance of the regions as the basis for the Association. He went on to inform the gathering of the ill health of Peter Biddulph and Biff Way, both of whom have been frequent visitors to the Scottish gatherings. We all wish them a speedy recovery.
Hon. President UK Branch, Peter Phillips a regular attendee, proposed the toast to the Regiment. Pauline Seaward ably drew the raffle and Paddy and Bruce Allan won the main prize of two tickets for the annual dinner donated by the Chairman of the Branch. Robin and Phyllis Birch won the BSAP Cap and the Bag whilst Bert Hilliard won the BSAP Golf Shirt.
Those in attendance were 5111 Jack Bacon; 5976 Nigel and Pauline Seaward; 6737 Mike Coleman; 6743 Bruce and Paddy Allen; 6880 Bert and Katherine Hilliard; 6898 Robin and Phyllis Birch; 6905 Peter Phillips; 7264 Gordon Best; 7418 Colyn and Jutta James; 7784 Steve and Wendy Acornley; 902649 Al and Kym Leighton; Guests: Eddie and Helen Miller; Shirley Leslie; Heather Robertson. 8405 Rob and Karen Minchin
Apologies were from  Sharley Black; 5601 Eric Robb; 6038 Sandy Rankin; 6482 Alan Stevenson; 6507 Seamus Power; 7343 Jock & Barbara Bryan; 9019 Al and Lulu Kennedy; 9410 Dave & Yvonne Smith; 4700 Brian Hughes – Helen now in a care home.
7784 (With thanks to Phyllis Birch for the original draft.)
Photo’s A, B, C and D hereunder.
Backs to wall L to R – Bruce Allen, Paddy Allen; Katherine Hilliard, Bert Hilliard; Mike Coleman; Gordon Best, Jack Bacon; Wendy Acornley, Steve Acornley and Peter Phillips.
Backs to window L to R Robin Birch, Phyllis Birch, Pauline Seaward, Nigel Seaward. Front left Peter Phillips.
Backs to window L to R Karen Minchin, Rob Minchin. Eddie Millar; Helen Millar, Heather Robertson, Shirley Leslie, Al Leighton, Kym Lieghton.
L to R Al and Kym Leighton, Colyn and Jutta James