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FASS dinner dance

The Faculty of Actuaries Student Society’s (FASS) annual dinner dance was held on Thursday 27 October 2005. This year’s venue was Edinburgh’s prestigious Carlton Highland hotel. The dinner had a lot to live up to after last year’s fantastic event, but the addition of half a bottle of wine with every meal definitely won some votes!

A champagne reception greeted guests on arrival and once everyone had warmed up they were promptly led through to the main room for dinner. This year diners were given a choice of meal, giving them the dilemma of choosing between the roulade of chicken filled with local haggis and the roast sirloin of beef.Three courses later and the appearance of coffee signalled time for the speeches. This year we had two very memorable speeches, one from Kevin Telford, FASS president, and the other from Harvie Brown, Faculty president. Kevin started on a comical theme by telling us all how his first year of marriage had been – which admittedly was met with ‘boos’ from myself and some of the other females in the audience! He finished with the more serious topic of the 150th anniversary of the Faculty. Harvie then continued on this theme, giving detail of some of the events the Faculty has planned for fundraising for CHAS, the chosen charity. He also commented on the need for younger members to get more involved in the future of our profession.

After the formalities were over, it was time to let our hair down with a little boogie on the dance floor. The disco featured plenty of cheesy music, with Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5’ being the top floor-filler.

As things began to wind down, many of us who believed the night was still young at 1am headed on to see what other party venues could be found in Edinburgh. It was an extremely enjoyable night and there was a great turnout from the members. Many thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a success.

I hope to see you all again next year!