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Glengoyne Unites the Auld Enemy at the Balmoral

Posted on 22 Oct 2013 by Glengoyne Distillery

Pic: Glengoyne unites the Auld Enemy with a dinner at The Balmoral on 7 Febryary 2014. From left to right: Stuart Reid (former Scotland back row and event founder), Neil Boyd (Commercial Director of Malts at Ian Macleod Distillers) and Iain Milne (former Scotland rugby union player) launched the event at the Balmoral.

The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh is set to stage the annual Glengoyne Auld Enemy Dinner on 7 February 2014, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Grand Slam on the eve of next year's Calcutta Cup match, the world's oldest international rugby fixture, at Murrayfield.

The Dinner, now in its third year, is staged in partnership with ex-internationalist Stuart Reid and Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, and will raise money for Erskine Hospital, the leading care organisation for ex-Service men and women in Scotland. It will celebrate the 1984 fixture, also the 100th Calcutta Cup match.

To announce this fantastic event, Stuart Reid and Neil Boyd, Commercial Director of Malts at Ian Macleod Distillers, owners of the Glengoyne brand, joined forces with Steven McManus, Events Fundraiser and Lesley Miller, Community Fundraising Manager from Erskine Hospital, at the Balmoral Hotel.

Neil said: “Glengoyne is extremely proud to once again be the official sponsor of the Auld Enemy Dinner. Glengoyne recognises and celebrates the passion that is synonymous with the great Auld Enemy rivalry, which lends itself to these sporting charity events. It is a fantastic event for a very worthwhile cause and we look forward to celebrating the event at the Balmoral once again. ”

A host of internationalists from past and present will be in attendance including Roy Laidlaw and many of the famous 1984 squad, who will be toasting the 30th anniversary of the Grand Slam achievement.

Former Scotland back row and event founder Stuart Reid said: “The idea was simply to hold a dinner where past players from both sides of the great divide could come together socially, and celebrate the oldest fixture and the game with supporters. 

"The last two have been great occasions and we have managed to raise over £50,000 for very deserving charities into the bargain. I know that a lot of past players are looking forward to joining some of our great legends in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Grand Slam so this should be a special occasion" 

Grand Slam-winning scrum-half Laidlaw added: “It’s going to be a memorable night. I can still remember those games from 30 years ago pretty well and just the sheer sense of achievement that came with winning the Grand Slam for the first time since 1925. We won the Calcutta Cup that year with a real tactical nous, turning their forwards and showing great rucking, and then we won the Triple Crown in Ireland, for the first time in nearly 50 years, which provided a great boost for Scottish rugby.

“To go and win the Slam at Murrayfield was unbelievable. We had been together quite a long time as a squad and so it was great to reach that pinnacle and will be great to relive a bit of that on the night before the game next year.”

The 2014 Glengoyne Auld Enemy Dinner is being held at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh on Friday 7 February 2014. The event will raise money via a live and silent auction, hosted by the UK’s top auctioneer Jonny Gould.

Tickets for the Dinner are almost sold out but for more information on the Auld Enemy Dinner please visit: http://www.theauldenemy.co.uk.