Gordon R. Gray
David R. Murdoch
Stephen H. F. Pillans
Raul Mascarenhas has been a general practitioner in Lanark since 1999. He is also a police surgeon and is the Clydesdale representative on the Local Medical Committee of Lanarkshire Health Board. Raul, whose surname is Portuguese, was born in Dundee, was raised in Helensburgh and is half Indian and half Scottish. His wife Selma is also a GP in Lanark. Their children, Ayla, Rohan and Kara attend Robert Owen Memorial Primary School (Kara attends the Nursery). All three also attend the Celia Orr School of Dancing, Rohan being its sole boy member. Watch for them at the Cross, dancing on Marches Night!
Raul is an accomplished pianist, a committee violinist. He is an organist and has played for services in Greyfriars, St Nicholas, Christ Church and the EU Kirk in Lanark, and at Forth Parish Church. His musicianship is also reflected in his membership of Lanark and Carluke Choral Union and previously, of the Committee of Music in Lanark in its early days.
The Lanimers has been part of Raul’s life for ten years, through the family’s involvement in the Kilninie Club and its Lanimer entries. This year will be no exception, but may prove to be a little more hectic! He is enjoying learning to ride, despite initial apprehension about a possible asthmatic reaction. He already has an eye on equestrianism as a possible future hobby. He is feeling relaxed, and is looking forward to his Lanimer duties in 2011 and beyond. When the time comes we wish him, ‘Safe Oot! Safe In’ and hope he, and his companions, Jamie Allan and George Lang, have a truly memorable Lanimer Week.
Geoff Smith was born in Edinburgh and moved to Warwickshire when he was 3. He went to school in Sutton Coalfield and has been back in Lanark for 17 years. A constable with Strathclyde Police for 15 years, 40 year-old Geoff was a ‘Daily Record’ winner of the ‘Emergency Services Hero Award’ and was also one of the winners of the inaugural Scottish Policing Awards.
40 year old Geoff has former roles as Captain of Lanark Rugby Club, a player in Lanark Cricket Club, Chair of Music in Lanark and Director of the Lanark Celtic Festival. Currently, he is a member of the Upperward Mountaineering Club and plays cricket for Biggar. He is a Leader with 2nd Lanark Scouts, a Duke of Edinburgh Award leader and a Prince’s Trust Adviser. Geoff is also a keen cyclist and mountain bike leader.
A member of Lanark Guildry Geoff has joined Lanark Lanimer Committee. A steward on the Marches route for 12 years he has also helped sell Lanimer brochures. He is enthusiastic about developing his riding skills and is looking forward to Lanimer Week, with his wife, Jane and son Jonathan, a keen Beaver Scout who enjoys judo and golf. We all wish Geoff a memorable year as Lord Cornet of our Royal and Ancient Burgh, and ‘Happy Lanimers 2010!’