Mouth-watering line-up on menu at sportsman’s dinner

Lesley Thomson
Lesley Thomson

A top table of speakers have been lined up for the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust’s second sportsman’s dinner.

Lesley Thomson, George McNeill and Billy Rutherford will speak at the mixed company dinner which takes place in the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels, on Saturday, September 27.

Lesley Thomson is the Solicitor General for Scotland, the second-highest ranked legal officer in the country, having previously been procurator fiscal in Selkirk.

Outwith the courtroom, she is a former Melrose RFC fixture secretary and became the first female to take a place on the Scottish Rugby Union board last year.

George McNeill famously beat Olympic 200m runner Tommie Smith – best known for his “Black Power” salute – in 1972, and has gone on to forge a reputation as one of the finest after-dinner speakers in Scotland.

Meanwhile, Coldstream’s Billly Rutherford is a former European Golf Tour caddie who was on the bag for a number of the continent’s top players, including Sam Torrance and the late Seve Ballesteros.

The evening will be chaired by Colin Playfair, ex-Braw Lad and Gala RFC president, who will also give the vote of thanks.

Bill Turner, a member of the trust committee who has helped organise the dinner, said: “All proceeds will go towards helping young sportspeople in the Borders achieve their goals, so all round it should be a great evening.”

Tickets (£30) can be bought from The Trophy Guy in Market Street, Galashiels, alternatively, email