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This article was written on 28 Nov 2013, and is filed under Events, Uncategorized.

McGonagall Supper – 111th Anniversary Inaugural Dinner of the London McGonagall Club


McG place settingWilliam Topaz McGonagall Supper, 28th November 2013, 7 p.m. for 6:30 pm at The George.

Gentlemen, the Queen!

©Charles Nasmyth 2013

An historic event of monumental significance in the poetic annals of this island.  As far as we know, an event of  this nature honouring this amazing bard – who will be remembered for a very, long time – has never before been held south of the border.

Participants were shocked into joining in with community singing, verse and active toasting [“McGonagall! William Topaz McGonagall: may he remembered for a very, very long time“]. Everyone dressed accordingly for such a disastrous occasion: lads in cap, scarf, old jacket, ‘nicky tams’ (trousers tied up around the calves with string) and a pair of old boots; collarless shirt perhaps; for ladies, tasteless headscarf (over curlers perhaps), cardigan, slippers…suggested dress code

Never to be forgotten for a very, very, very long time!

Thursday 28 November 2013 - McGonagall Soiré – 7 p.m. for 6:30 pm at The George.

McG_cover58c3e4 going daan

Illustration from “The Comic Legend of William McGonagall” created by Charles Nasmyth and published by Waverley Books ©Charles Nasmyth 2007


  1. Steve Duncan
    December 5, 2013

    Hi there,
    Our Round Table branch are looking to hold our first Mcgonagall supper. Do you have any pointers you could give us? Any help appreciated.

    • Author1
      December 6, 2013

      Hey – we had a hoot of a time. Key things for us were a working script for the active participants, the musical contribution, the ‘Heid Yin’ [main speaker] and willing caterers who ‘get it’. Be prepared for things going off piste; it helps hugely that no-one knows when it’s not going to plan. Good luck!