“Old Clyde Pullers” by Tom Mackay

Tom has spent the last couple of years trawling various archives to compile a history of Rowing Clubs in Inverclyde stretching back to the 1850’s. This has also spawned information on Burgh Regattas as well as the merging of amateur and professional rowing in Scotland. The book has a foreword by Provost Robert Moran and contributions from multiple sources throughout the district and beyond. It is a social history of this area told from the perspective of a community who not only depended on the Clyde for work but also for recreation.

The book went into print today with an initial print run of 1000 copies. We should take delivery in the second week of December and plan to have an evening event to launch this and a range of new Club active sportswear on the evening of Friday 11th December. The book will be available to buy in the clubhouse following the launch event, but we also expect it will be stocked in various local commercial outlets.

Tom and the various parties who have contributed time and effort to getting the book to this stage have done so for free. All profits from the sale of the book will go directly to the Club’s development fund, intended to improve the sporting & changing facilities of the clubhouse. The cost of the book will be £9.99. If you need it posted there will be a £2.50 charge for this to UK addresses.

Anyone who has not already done so can register their interest in reserving a copy of the book by dropping me an email at secretary@rwsabc.com . Please title the email “Old Clyde Pullers”. We will then set aside a copy for you to collect and pay for from the clubhouse. We may even ask the author to sign the copies that are reserved.

Adam A. Graham
Honorary Secretary