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In the early 1970's Glasgow was a major shipping port in the UK and a few members of the shipping industry met most Friday’s after work, to have a beer and a blether.

These included Jack Wallace and colleague Bill McFarlane,  Jim Cardiff,  Jim Tennant,, Bill Scholefield, Arnold Hood and Ian Murray.

Bill McFarlane had been a member of the London Freight Club and suggested that The Glasgow Freight Club should be officially formed and that other associates in shipping and transportation should be invited to join.


The London Freight Club discovered that Glasgow was in the process of forming a similar organisation and very kindly presented Glasgow with a Chairman’s Badge of Office. This badge and chain (pictured right) is still in use today.

The original concept of the Glasgow Freight Club was for executives from within the shipping and transport industry around the City to meet once a month, socialise and to promote friendship throughout the trade.

The club was officially launched in March 1972. The first Chairman of the Glasgow Freight Club was Bill McFarlane, ably assisted by Jim Tennant as Treasurer and Ian Murray as Secretary.

In the early days, lunches were held in Danny Browns, a pub in St Vincent Street and initially club members were encouraged to speak and tell a few yarns to entertain those attending. This was fine for a few months until it was decided that professional speakers could do a better job with after-lunch patter and entertainment.

Speakers were paid a small fee on the basis that the speaker donated this to their favourite charity. Thus the idea was formed that the Glasgow Freight Club could raise money through lunches, functions and our Annual Dinner Dance to help local charities, which has allowed us to donate to many different charities over the years.

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