Women of Scotland Lunch 2017 – our speakers

The 60th Women of Scotland Lunch was held in Glasgow today at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

Over 500 women attended the lunch where they heard speeches from The Rt Hon Ruth Davidson MSP who regaled us with tales of her time as a reporter in Kosovo, Dame Professor Sue Black who used to work in a butcher’s shop (a great training for her work as the country’s foremost forensic anthropologist), and a heart-rending account of what it is like to live with Alzheimer’s from Diane Goldberg a Trustee with Alzheimer Scotland.

Rev Sarah Ross invited us to Question Time at Blantyre Parish Church next week and had us all standing reciting the Lord’s Prayer as we might have done at school in days gone by. (last year she had us singing!)

The theme today was Reflections – all the more poignant when those with dementia lose their memories of times with family and friends.

The diamond anniversary lunch raised funds for the leading dementia organisation in Scotland and the total will be announced in due course although it is likely to be over £30,000.

The Women of Scotland Lunch began in 1958 when Bill and May Hamp-Hamilton first held a lunch for women of influence from across Scotland. Today’s lunch was a record-breaker in more ways than one as we had two Dames of the British Empire in attendance, something we do not think has been achieved before!