Scottish War Blinded Reunion Lunch Programme Visits Perth

Posted: 21/08/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded members enjoyed a wonderful reunion lunch event at the Best Western Lovat Hotel, Perth on Thursday 20 August 2015.

Members residing in the Perthshire area were joined by those who had travelled from Inverness, Fife and Dundee which contributed to warm, convivial atmosphere.

Members and their guests were joined by Scottish War Blinded staff as well as representatives of Blind Veterans, Veterans UK and Vision PK who were treated to a sumptuous meal and generous hospitality.

Scottish War Blinded Chief Executive Richard Hellewell described the wide range of events organised to celebrate the charity’s centenary including a bowling tour across Scotland, an exhibition and recent World War One battlefields tour.

Scottish War Blinded member Derek McDonald provided an account of his battlefield tour experiences. Derek talked about the overwhelming sense of peace at Ypres and how nature had taken back the once desolated land as well as emotive visits to cemeteries and the Menin Gate.

A special presentation was made Scottish War Blinded member James Galbraith who celebrated his ninetieth birthday on 15 August 2015. James, pictured right, was presented with a commemorative Quaich and was highly appreciative of his gift.

For John Moffat, who has also reached the age of ninety, the event provided his first opportunity to meet fellow members having recently joined Scottish War Blinded. John flew Swordfish biplanes during World War Two and is credited with registering a direct hit on the Bismarck’s rudder in 1941. John enjoyed the opportunity to meet several former members of the RAF during the event.

John, pictured below in the centre, said:

“It’s been highly enjoyable meeting fellow members today and chatting about old times. I look forward to future events with Scottish War Blinded.”

Scottish War Blinded member Dennis Bairstow enjoyed a chance meeting with a fellow veteran of the Korean War at his table having served in the Black Watch regiment in the 1950’s.

Dennis said:

“It’s been another great reunion lunch event today and I’ve really enjoyed the company, meal and hospitality. It’s also been an added bonus to meet someone who also went to Korea and share our experiences.”

Scottish War Blinded’s Reunion Lunch programme moves on to Edinburgh in September and Glasgow in October. Event schedule