CARRICK Sports Club threw a `thank-you' party for Billy
McDowall - one of its longest-serving committee members. Billy has retired
as treasurer, and as a committee man with more than 25 years service.
Around 140 members of the Maybole club turned out to hear secretary Billy
McCubbin pay tribute to Billy - and Maybole Pipe Band popped in to add to
the party atmosphere. Mr McCubbin said: "Billy was a founder member, a
labourer, a sweeper-upper, a doorman, an MC and even an entertainer. Who
can forget his `Tiny Bubbles'!" Mr McCubbin told the company: "There was
no job he wouldn't turn his hand to. If there was work to be done, he was
always there." Billy McDowall served the club as treasurer for the past
eight years, a role which included administering income from an adjacent
house, purchased by the club. Mr McCubbin also praised Betty McDowall for
giving her husband stalwart support over the years. And he said the
occasion was ideal for the club to thank all who had contributed to its
growth. He told the party: "Some of you gave interest-free loans in 1974.
Some of you are founder members from 1975. "There are people here who
worked their socks off to make sure that all three phases of the building
were ready on time." From the Ayrshire Post. November 16 2001.