Ravenscraig Burns Club shared the success – and proceeds - of another ‘full house’ Burns Supper by presenting three cheques to support three ventures closely linked to its location and its history.
The committee decided again to split the proceeds – with £1,000 going to the Scottish Steelworkers’ Memorial Fund and £1,000 to be shared equally between Robert Burns World Federation and Lanarkshire Association of Burns’ Clubs.
Club treasurer Tommy Brennan said: ”We felt we wanted to take this opportunity again to contribute to the erection of a Memorial Statue at Ravenscraig to pay tribute to the many men who died in Scottish steelworks.
“We were also keen to continue our support for two Burns-related organisations with whom we have had a long and rewarding association.
“Members and patrons of the Ravenscraig Burns Supper, take pride in supporting these two organisations because they help keep alive the Burns’ tradition, not only in Lanarkshire but worldwide.
“Being able to make this sort of contribution is a source of great pride at the club.”
Jane Brown, president of the Robert Burns World Federation, said: “We are delighted to receive this cheque which will help to continue our work to promote the works of Burns and Scottish literature throughout Scotland.
“We would like to keep the Federation going as long as possible, and receiving a donation like this really helps – thank you very much.”
Patricia Leslie, LABC president, said: “We are delighted to receive this cheque – it will go a long way to help the organisation of the schools’ competition across Lanarkshire.
“We truly believe that it’s the youth of today who will carry on the name of Burns long after we’re gone – it’s important that these kids take part in this occasion. They may not realise it at the time what’s being built for their future.”