ROTARIANS held a 65th birthday bash in the company of some special guests.

Members of Greenock Rotary marked the club's milestone anniversary at the Tontine Hotel in the company of Baroness Goldie, a former Greenock Academy pupil and ex-leader of the Scottish Conservatives.

The 65th charter dinner commemorated the official formation of the club in February 1954.

Others in attendance included George Russell, president of the Rotary Club of Glasgow, the 'mother club', and district governor, Jim Ross, from the Dunoon Rotary.

Greenock president and chairman for the night, Finlay Sim, welcomed everyone to the celebration and then invited Mr Ross to address those present

He congratulated the club on their successful 65 years and presented them with a certificate from Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, marking their achievement.

After dinner, Baroness Goldie, who was leader of the Scottish Conservatives from 2005 to 2011 and is currently a member of Glasgow Charing Cross Rotary, proposed the toast to the Greenock institution.

She highlighted how the past presidents of the local club had embraced the many trades and professions of the town over the years and how it has risen to meet the challenge of a declining population during the last 65 years.

Using the topical word of Brexit as her theme and each letter of the word one at a time, Baroness Goldie demonstrated how Greenock Rotary had flourished and helped the community over the years.

Member Allan Morrison replied on behalf of the club, thanking Baroness Goldie for her kind remarks.

President-elect Ann Thomson then proposed a toast to the invited guests for joining the celebration.

Isabel Lind OBE replied on behalf of the guests and spoke of how much she had enjoyed her time with the club, becoming the first female member and president.

There was also musical entertainment from Valerie Forsyth accompanied on the piano by Gerard Gordon.

Vice president Elma Paton brought the proceedings to a close by proposing the 'vote of thanks', praising the Tontine staff for their excellent food and service and all those who had contributed throughout the course of the evening.