|Black Watch Association - Toronto|
About the Branch
The Toronto Association was actually formed by World War One members from the imperial side of our family in 1921. In 1935 the Association opened a club on Wellington Street and the Saturday and Wednesday night dances were very popular. The Saturday night dances continued until the close of the clubrooms.
The first Red Hackle Dinner was held on January 12, 1928 in the King Edward Hotel. With our move to York street as described below, the Dinner moved to the Royal York Hotel and remained there until 1987 when we moved the venue to the 48th Highlanders Sergeants' and Warrant Officers' Mess in Moss Park Armouries.
Until the 40's, all Regimental members were from the Imperial Black Watch. The first "Canadians" (to which the new Regimental members were referred) did not arrive until the Second World War. From Wellington, we moved to York Street across form the Union Station in 1969 and had at our peak 550 members (mostly associate) possibly attracted by the delta in beer and liquor prices between ourselves and the Royal York Hotel directly opposite. However, all members knew the meaning of Regiment and family; for it was in those days we would have as many as 200 members on the annual November 10th evening Remembrance Day Parades.
Alas, the building on York Street was put up for sale in 1982 and although we had a large general membership, the managers of the Club had to be Black Watch Regimental personnel. This group was getting few in number, so the decision was made to close clubroom operations. However, we did go out in a blaze of glory in that on February 22, 1982 (the day after our last meeting), the electrical vault under the street outside blew up and the building went on fire. It has subsequently been demolished.
Since the loss of the formal clubrooms, we have been meeting in the Naval Club and in the Sergeants' and Warrant Officers' Mess of the 48th Highlanders of Canada.
The current branch executive is as follows:
Immediate Past President: William "Bill" Davis
Directors: Kevin Brackley, Bill Carlisle, John Furlong, Ray Joseph, Bill Landry, John Oss, Brian Rogerson
Active Service Fund:
We still have seven Black Watch Soldiers in theatre at this time. In April, the members of the TBWA sent a second shipment of comfort packages to these troops.
Should you wish to donate to the ASF and help defray some of the cost that these packages incur, you may do so by sending a cheque to:
Red Hackle Dinner – January 18, 2014:
Location – York Reception Centre, 1100 Millwood Road, Toronto, Ontario M4H 1A3
Time – 18h30 reception for dinner at 19h30
86th Annual Red Hackle Dinner
Date: January 18, 2014
Time: 18h30 reception/19h30 dinner
Females: Evening Dress or Elegant Pant Suit
Place: York Banquet & Event Centre – 1100 Millwood Road Toronto http://theyork.ca/contact.php
Tickets: $65/person payable in advance
21 Day Dry Aged Prime Roast Beef or Chicken Breast Supreme accompanied by:
Chef’s Salad & Dinner Rolls
Roasted Potatoes, Seasoned Vegetables
Mini Black and White Mousse
Coffee or Tea
Bottle of Red & White Wine for every 8 people
A Vegetarian Meal is also available
In addition to your meal, you will be entertained by the TBWA Pipes and Drums who I am reliably informed have a special performance planned for this dinner. Also, there will be a few door prizes and more than likely a souvenir for your to take home. However, the best souvenirs are the memories of the friends old and new which you will take with you at the end of the evening.
How about it? Why not join us??
Annual BBQ July 20, 2013:
Our annual BBQ was a success again this year by all reports. Everyone enjoyed the location next to the Port Credit River on what was a beautiful summer’s day. We were pleased to welcome back many old friends and make some new ones, all of whom enjoyed the entertainment of our own TBWA Pipes and Drums. If you were unable to join us, then we hope that your schedule will allow you to consider joining us next year and moving our attendance figure for this event up from 89 to 100+.
Joining the Black Watch Association (Toronto Branch)