Generous members of the Rotary Club of Dumbarton and their guests raised a bumper £8,000 for charities at their annual dinner.

The Beatson Cancer Charity, Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team, the Tullochan Trust and other charities sponsored by the club will each receive donations.

Rotary Club President Donald Hoey started the evening by welcoming club members and guests and thanking all those in attendance for supporting the event.

He then handed over the proceedings to Rev. Ian Miller who has been chairing the event for many years.

As expected, Mr Miller was again an excellent chairman, adding his own unique sense of humour to the proceedings.

First speaker of the evening was Des McKeown, an office supplies company director and sports consultant.

A well known football pundit, Mr McKeown was a professional football player for 16 years with spells at Celtic, Airdrie, Queen of the South and Partick thistle among others.

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He has also been a newspaper columnist and wrote a book in 2001 called ‘Don’t Give Up the Day Job’, about a year in the life of a part-time footballer.

Mr McKeown is also heavily involved in raising funds for charities and has regularly run marathons and participated in cycling challenges.

The second speaker was Willie Young, a well known football referee and lawyer, who is now retired from professional life but continues as an active after dinner speaker.

As a lawyer, he was chairman of BTO solicitors in Glasgow after spending 35 years with them. More famously, he is remembered as a football referee who officiated at over 1300 games.

He was on the FIFA list of international referees and was fourth official at the 1999 UEFA cup final in Moscow.

During the evening, various fundraisers were held and one of the members gifted the use of a villa in Spain for two weeks, which was auctioned for £1400.

Iain Marshall, convenor of the club’s community and vocational committee, thanked all those who helped in any way with the success of the evening.

To find out more about the Rotary Club of Dumbarton, contact Calum Macdonald on

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