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AWARDS DINNER – Wednesday 8th May 2024

The Finale!

Suited and booted, AYR WRITERS’ CLUB members congregated at the Carlton Hotel, Prestwick for the Annual Awards’ Dinner, on a warm, sunny evening.

The hotel did us proud with beautifully laid tables, delicious food and staff who could not have been more helpful.

The room boasted one table groaning with raffle prizes, and another laden with trophies, and the night began with a welcome from our joint presidents.

Folks dug deep purchasing raffle tickets, then it was time to chat and eat before the ceremonial part of the evening began.

All competition winners were awarded certificates, and trophies handed out to 1st prize winners. This year two new trophies were awarded for the first time, one donated by Fiona McFadzean and the second provided in memory of past member Marion Montgomery, by her family. We were delighted that her daughter, Margaret, accepted our invitation to join us and present the new Poetry Award for the first time, to worthy winner Nigel Ward.

A photo shoot followed to capture all the successes, and then it was raffle time. Thanks goes to Marion Husband who provided flowers for the tables, which were also raffled, and a total of £80 was raised for club funds.

In a change to the normal procedure at this point, when the retiring President/s hand over the gavel to the incoming one, Lind Brown and Carrie Watts had the unusual experience of passing the gavel back to themselves, having been willing to continue for a second year.

Thanks ladies, your generosity of time and commitment is hugely appreciated.

Carolyn O’Hara

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