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Photographed prior to the start of the Forfar Athletic Sportsman's Dinner in the Reid Hall, Forfar are from left: John Gahagan, Jim Leishman MBE, Dick Campbell, MC;  Alastair Donald, Chairman and Gary Marshall.

Photographed prior to the start of the Forfar Athletic Sportsman's Dinner in the Reid Hall, Forfar are from left: John Gahagan, Jim Leishman MBE, Dick Campbell, MC; Alastair Donald, Chairman and Gary Marshall.

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The last week has been a busy one for Forfar Athletic Football Club - off the pitch.

As work continues on the new £170,000 hospitality suites in preparation for next season, the chairman and directors welcomed a party of over 260 patrons to the 19th annual Sportsman’s Dinner held in the Reid Hall on Friday evening, which was hailed a great success.

The speakers were Jim Leishman, John Gahagan and Gary Marshall with Loons’ manager Dick Campbell in good form as compere and auctioneer, raising £6,000 from that part of the proceedings alone.

There was more good news for ‘Loons’ supporters on Friday night when chairman Alastair Donald announced Orchard Timber Products has agreed to continue as the club’s main sponsor for a ninth season.

This makes the Orchardbank-based company one of the longest, if not the longest, serving main sponsor in Scottish football.

The chairman thanked Orchard managing director Scott McKinlay and his fellow directors for their continued and most welcome support and expressed the hope the company would continue to derive benefits from the partnership.

Commenting on the latest developments for the club since the season ended, the chairman told the ‘Dispatch’: “We will soon have additional hospitality at Station Park and already we see an increased demand. We will do our absolute best to keep everybody happy.

“Hopefully our season tickets will go on sale in the next few weeks. Last season we had a record uptake and had more young person’s season tickets sold.”