Sadly our arranged after dinner speaker, Donald Findlay QC is not going to be able to attend our presentation event. We have arranged another great speaker, John O’Neill. We hope you enjoy his humour and will look forward to seeing him on Friday night.

John O’Neill has been married for 30 plus years and he and his wife Elaine live in their self-built house in Pathhead, Midlothian. Their Daughter Debbie has a Doctorate in Psychology and she firmly claims that her father remains her most mysterious case.

John’s career in purchasing within the construction industry has taken him to the Chairmanship of the Scottish Group of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply and he is currently Senior Buyer with a well known house building company.

A golfer in the summer, John changes his allegiance in winter to his beloved sport of curling. He is a Past President of Duddingston Curling Club, one of the world’s oldest curling clubs, the club famous for writing the original rules of curling.

Also a Past President of the Lighthouse Club, a charity assisting injured or disadvantaged people connected to the construction industry, John has, through his popular Annual Dinner spot, developed a style of delivery, which is often compared to that of the late, great Chic Murray. Perhaps no accident, as he remains John’s number one comedy idol.

The ‘deadpan’ face has become John’s trademark and with his dry wit and unique brand of humour, John is a popular choice for a wide range of events from large corporate dinners to golf days and sporting lunches.

John is also in great demand as a Burns speaker. He has delivered his thoughtful ‘Immortal Memory’ and his hilarious ‘Toast to the Lassies’ at numerous Burns suppers all over the UK.

John’s philosophy in life is ‘Live and Let Laugh’ and audiences far and wide are finding out why.