This week’s letters to The Buteman

Send your letters to The Buteman to news@buteman.com. Deadline is on Monday at 5pm.
Send your letters to The Buteman to news@buteman.com. Deadline is on Monday at 5pm.

Included in this week’s letters to The Buteman is a thank from all involved in the Robert McAlister Memorial Tournament, a thank-you from the organiser of the Bute Highland Dance Festival, and a Rothesay Primary pupil’s gratitude following her recent Young Scot Award nomination.

Well supported and well played

Sir, – ​Following another successful Robert Mc​A​lister memorial tournament on Sunday, April 24, I would firstly like to congratulate Bute on winning the ​P​5 and under​,​ and also Bute on winning the ​P​7 and under section.

All teams played very well and should be proud of themselves.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the local business​es​ who very kindly donated to our tombola which raised a fantastic £250.

As we received so many donations we decided keep half ​which we’ll use for another tombola at our next event.

Thank you​.​ – Yours, etc.,

Donna Currie

On behalf of fundraising committee

Team work ensured success

Sir, – ​I would like to express my thanks to everyone who danced, assisted, piped, adjudicated and attended this year’s Bute Highland Dance Festival.

The joint campus was unknown territory – the committee and myself were apprehensive as to how we would cope at the new venue.

I am taking this opportunity to thank Mrs Ella Edgar MBE who presented the trophies, scrutineers Deirdre Duncan, Sandra Bodys and Donna McMillan, dance stewards Gregor Dooley, Pauline McCubbin, Eilidh MacNeil, Kora Nicholson together with Kathryn Armstrong, Jean Ivory, Oonagh Planck, Maureen Reid, Sheila McIntosh, Jean Scott, Elaine MacQueenie, Lorna Barrett and Margaret Colman who helped to keep the day running smoothly.

The fun fling raised £119.74 for Bute Kidney Patients’ Support Group.

The festival is indebted to ‘For Bute’, George Hanson (Builders) Ltd, and Gordon Scott MBE and Mrs Jean Scott for their generous financial support together with everyone who donated the fantastic raffle prizes.

A special thank you must go to Nicola Jones of the local business The Highland Dancer who supplied custom-made t-shirts for all the trophy winners and Mr Martin Dougan, photographer.

With the amazing assistance from the janitorial staff of Mr John Black and Mr Stephen Officer, together with ICT technician Mr Peter Morrison the day was a huge success. Dancers travelled from as far away as Islay, Kirkconnel and Birnam to participate.

Many kind messages have been left on Facebook remarking on how smoothly the festival ran and how much the visitors enjoyed their visit to Bute. – Yours, etc.,

Anne McIlroy, organiser

Bellevue Road, Rothesay

Thanks for a great experience

Sir, – I would like to thank Ann Kennovin from Bute Youth Forum for nominating me for the Young Scot Award 2016 .

I would also like to thank everyone who has shown their support over the years and The Buteman.

I love helping others when I can and trying to make a difference.

Thank you for all the best wishes when I went to the event on Wednesday – it was a great night and I met loads of inspirational people.

I would also like to thank my school, Rothesay Primary, and my supportive P7 class. Thanks for letting me take a friend and for giving us two days off school. It made the experience less stressful having Lara there.

Without people’s support I would never have had this amazing opportunity. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Kiera Rutherford (11)

Rothesay Primary School

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