On Friday 1st March an awards ceremony was held in Trades Hall and we were joined by HRH the Earl of Wessex. The Earl presented awards to apprentice coopers and to Sea Cadets and the Prince also presented Earl of Wessex awards to pupils from Govan High School and the Boys’ Brigade.
At the Awards Ceremony we received from the National Cooperage Federation a specially commissioned 10L barrel which was made using American oak by a cooper with 40 years’ experience. It has been filled by ex-Deacon Richard Paterson, Master blender at Whyte and Mackay, with a special blend using 14 different whiskies – representing the 14 Incorporated Crafts of the Trades House – some of the whiskies are up to 45 and 50 years’ old, recognising our 450th anniversary. The Federation has also commissioned a box in which we will keep mementoes gifted by each Deacon and this will be at each box opening function.
Along with over 200 members and guests, the Earl attended the Choosing Dinner in the evening. The guest speaker Iain Gordon was highly entertaining and he proposed the Toast to the Incorporation of Coopers and to Trades House. As has become traditional there was a ceilidh after dinner which proved highly successful.