Grassic Gibbon Centre talks football

Andy Hall, Derek Watson, Willie Millie, Jim Robertson and Brian Duncan at the event
Andy Hall, Derek Watson, Willie Millie, Jim Robertson and Brian Duncan at the event

Arbuthnott’s Grassic Gibbon Centre held its latest question and answer evening last week with a sporting legend the guest for the first ever time.

Former Aberdeen Football club captain and Gothenburg Great Willie Miller was the attraction which saw tickets sold out before they were even advertised.

104 people, the largest attendance at the centre since VE Day as remarked by Chairman Jim Brown in his opening speech, came to Arbuthnott for the evening.

The guests were first treated to a two course meal and a quiz before Andy Hall welcomed Willie onto the stage.

Andy asked the questions as Willie regaled the story of his career from starting out as a school boy all the way to playing for Scotland and for Aberdeen under Sir Alex Ferguson - known back then simply as ‘Fergie’.

Andy then asked questions which the audience had written before moving on to the raffle and auction.

The auction prize was a picture of Willie’s favourite place, Aberdeen Beach, taken by Andy and was won by Derek Watson for £210.

Speaking at the end of the evening, Grassic Gibbon Centre chairman Jim Robertson said he was very happy with the success of the night.

He said: “It’s our first venture into this type of evening and Willie has been a tremendous attraction - It couldn’t have started better.

“It’s the biggest crowd we’ve ever had for a dinner and now that we’ve seen how to handle it think we’ll definitely be having more.

“A big thanks go to Andy Hall, Derek Sedge, Brian Duncan, the staff at the centre and of course to Willie himself.”

The evening was the first time Miller had visited Arbuthnott.

Miller said: “It was a great evening and a very good audience, they gave me good order through out and were very receptive.

“The crowd brought a bit of humour to the questions which was good as it would have been boring otherwise.

“The Centre is great and I’ll definitely be stopping buy for a coffee sometime.”