|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
Bill Carlisle, Michael Dickinson, Marilyn Lawson-Dickinson, Robbie Herd, Ray Joseph, Bruno Lamarre, David Mack, John P Oss, Douglas E Roberts
Membership renewal for 2016 is now open.
You may renew your membership using your credit card HERE (service charge applies) or mail a cheque (no service charge) to the address on your invoice.
Red Hackle Dinner – January 9, 2016:
Advance details of our 88th Annual Red Hackle Dinner are:
Place: The Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto, 475 Yonge Street (one block North of College)
Timings: Reception 18:00 hours; Dinner 19:30 hours
Dress: Black Tie, Mess Kit, Blazer & Grays, Business Suit for men; Cocktail Dress or Smart Pant Suit for ladies
Keynote Speaker: General (ret) Walter Natynczyk, CMM, MSC, CD.
The dinner is now at capacity. Thank you for your support.
Rooms will be are available at the Marriot at a special TBWA rate from January 8 through 9 inclusive. See your Newsletter for full details.
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