The Alamo Burns Club Past Presidents ‘Rogues Gallery’

W. Williamson

1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1996

A. Smith

1980

J. Cameron

1981

J. Fryar

1982, 1997, 2004

J. Brogan

1983

A. McKee (snr)

1984, 1985

N. Digney

1986

J. Murray

1987

K. Johnstone

1989

H. McColl

1988, 1995, 2008

H. Hunter

1990

A. McKee (jnr)

1991

A. Thompson

1994

J. Johnstone

1993

G. Fisher

1992, 2001

R. Johnstone

1998

H. Gordon

2000

J. Harkins

2002

J. McGuire

2003

G. Grant

1999

P. Wilson

2005

I. Skene

2006

J. Fisher

2007

Text Box: Past Presidents
W. Williamson             
W. Williamson             
W. Williamson             
W. Williamson             
W. Williamson             
W. Williamson             
A. Smith                        
J. Cameron                   
J. Fryar                          
J. Brogan                       
A. McKee (snr.)            
A. McKee (snr.)            
N. Digney                      
J. Murray                      
H. McColl                      
K. Johnstone                
H. Hunter
A. McKee (jnr.)
G. Fisher
J. Johnstone
A. Thompson
H. McColl
W. Williamson
J. Fryar
R. Johnstone
G. Grant
H. Gordon
G. Fisher
J. Harkins
J. McGuire
J. Fryar
P. Wilson
I. Skene
J. Fisher
H. McColl
A. Burgess
P. Brogan
B. Degnan

History of the Alamo Burns Club

The concept started by three just men in the ‘Wee Barrel’ pub in Love Street, Paisley (frequented by Rod Stewart on occasion).

James Gibson, John Glen and Jimmy Fisher are the infamous three and the story starts on a cold winter January evening in 1970. James Gibson, who worked with McCullochs the butcher in Glenburn, Paisley, took the first steps in the creation of this well respected Burns Club.

James brought a cooked haggis into the ‘Wee Barrel’ and started a conversation with his cronies regarding a Burns supper, looking for a way he could celebrate the birth of Scotland’s Bard within his local. The ‘Wee Barrel’, at the time, were not interested in the proposition and such was the passion of the three they left the establishment for good to take up their residence and make a stand at the ‘Alamo Bar’, then owned by Tony Ferry.

After about a year in the January of 1971, the three approached Tony with a Burns supper request to which big Tony was only too happy to accommodate such a tribute to Scotland’s favorite son.

That year the first Burns supper was enjoyed in the Alamo Bar. Twelve like minded individual from the bar gathered that faithful night. James Gibson provided the haggis, Tony’s wife Eita brought in the big spuds and cooked the fantastic meal.

After a great night, a few drams and a few Burns songs the owner Tony Ferry suggested they start a Burns Club. James Gibson decreed that he and Jimmy Fisher initiate and run ‘The Alamo Burns Club’.  James Gibson died in an unfortunate accident prior to the realization of his dream.

Jimmy Fisher made the decision that in James Gibson’s honour he would carry on and set up the Burns Club.

The Alamo Burns Club’s first official Burns Supper was held in January 1972. For the first two years there was no presidents just a compere conducting the proceedings.

The first guess speaker was Bill Williamson from the T.U.C / Trade Union Congress, accompanied by Andy Smith. They liked the small club so much  that they joined the club immediately. In 1974 Bill Williamson became the first President of the Alamo Burns Club.

The Alamo Burns Club was instituted in 1973, and joined the Burns Federation in 1976 (No. 944), since that date, members of the ‘Alamo’ Burns Club have been, and continue to be, actively involved in the work of the Burns Federation, (or the Robert Burns World Federation), as it is now termed.

In the comparatively short period of its existence, the ‘Alamo’ Burns Club  has initiated an Annual Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Burns Statue in the Fountain Gardens, Paisley. In conjunction with the Greenock Burns Club, a primary School Children's’ Competition has been set up and continues to run successfully, assisting in the promotion of Burns work in the younger generations.

In the summer of 2009 the Alamo Burns Club became a registered Scottish Charity SC040487.

From the ‘Alamo’ Burns Club’s membership we have contributed; A World President of the Burns Federation (1996-97); An Honorary President of the Burns Federation; Two Past Presidents of the Renfrewshire Association of Burns Clubs and at various times members on the National Executive committee of the Robert Burns World Federation.

Each year, a number of members attend the Annual conference of the Burns Federation and annually, requests are made for Speakers from the ‘Alamo’ to grace Burns Suppers, near and far.

Aye……...there’s more than one Burns Club in Paisley……………………………………………….Remember the Alamo!!

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A. Burgess

2009

P. Brogan

2010

B. Degnan

2011