Arsenal legend to speak at dinner

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Banchory St Ternan will hold their annual fundraising dinner on Saturday March 24 at the Burnett Arms Hotel in Banchory.

This year’s headline after-dinner speaker is Arsenal legend Ray Parlour.

London-born Ray played for the Gunners for 14 years winning a league cup, three league titles and two FA Cup winners medals, as well as playing in the Champions League and playing ten times for his country.

Stand-up comic Frank Robb and the ever-present compare, Press and Journal Highland League columnist Dave Edwards, complete the line of entertainment.

This will be the club’s 14th fundraising dinner. In recent years the club has raised money to develop their facilities at Milton Park.

Aware of the shortage of available pitches in the Banchory area, the club makes it’s facilities available to a number of local youth teams.

Groundsman Ally Sharp ensures the surface is one of the best in the North Region, with many opposition manager complimentary of the Milton Park pitch.

However this would not be possible if Ally did not devote so much of his spare time and if he did not have suitable equipment to carry the great job that he does. Therefore, the money raised from this year’s dinner will go towards buying a new mower to help maintain the two pitches and training area.

The club will also use the event to recognise the achievments for current local footballers who have excelled in the game.

Aberdeen FC defender Andrew Considine, together with team-mate Peter Pawlett and Peterhead’s Graeme Sharp will be guests of the club at the event.

Son of former Aberdeen and St Ternan defender Doug, Andrew has played nearly 200 games for the club since his debut in 2004 and has recently signed a contract extenstion at the Dons which will take him up to a testimonial season at Pittodrie.

Pawlett was educated in Banchory and has played almost 50 times for the club. He made his SPL debut in 2009 and is regarded as one of the most promising midfield talents in Scottish football.

Peterhead’s Graeme Sharp played his 200th game for the Blue Toon last season. He made a brief appearance for Saints as a 17 year-old, and is a skilful winger who can play on either flank. His father Ian also played for Saints in their pre-Junior days.

The evening promises to be a very enjoyable one for all concerned. Tables of 10, or half tables, are available by contacting 07969 902591 or email: banchorystternan@aol.com.