It was a busy evening for the Strathmore Speakers Club last week with a full programme of speeches and its topics competition.
Bob Stewart of Kirriemuir chaired the training session consisting of three eight-minute speeches followed by evaluations.
First up was club president Alex Rae speaking without notes.
His title ‘The Italian Job’ turned out to be the fascinating story of the Italian prisoners of war who built the ‘Churchill Barricades’ in the Orkney Isles during World War Two.
Graham Carr evaluated, awarding Alex a first class pass for this advanced assignment.
The second speaker was Douglas Wares with a ‘word pictures’ speech entitled ‘The Demise of Mr Diesel’.
This was the story of the disappearance of Randolph Diesel from SS Dresden while making an overnight passage from Antwerp to Harwich almost exactly 100 years ago.
His evaluator, David Howat, said that this was a well-written speech with good content.
Bill Walker gave the third speech on the assignment of ‘mean what you say’.
In awarding a pass his evaluator, David Binnie, said it had been a wide-ranging speech.
At the end of the training session Jim Smith read out his latest satirical poem ‘Oh! Why Can’t the English?’
Alex Rae conducted the topics contest which was judged by Jim Smith and Jim Gibb of Blairgowrie who, after hearing all of the contestants speak on the topic ‘Wildlife’, retired to consider their verdict.
On their return, chief judge Jim Smith announced the winner as David Howat, with Helen Gordon-Wilson in second place and David Binnie third. David Howat will now go forward to represent the club at the North Tay Area heats in Arbroath next February.
For more information call Jim Smith on 01575 574435.