Vine Street 1904-1960

The hundredth anniversary of the dinner was celebrated and the members of the day had planned to have the same menu as that put before Malcolm Ross. However the Manchester hoteliers felt that the golfers of  1958 would not be able to stomach such food and so served a more conventional dish. This celebration took place in the clubhouse at Vine St, where sixty members and friends attended, including the Mayor of Salford and the Captain of Manchester & District Golf Captains Club.  Because of the Club’s association through inter-club matches, the Captains of both Stand and Prestwich Golf Clubs were also in attendance. It was hoped that one of Malcolm Ross’s descendants would have been able to attend this dinner but unfortunately this was not possible. The Secretary of the day, Mr James A Johnston, noted ….

“A letter to the Secretary of Malcolm Ross & Sons Ltd., informing him of our plans and inviting a member of the family to join us at dinner, brought a reply from Mr Percy B Ross, the chairman of the company and a grandson of Malcolm Ross. Mr Percy Ross knew all about the occasion when his grandfather dined on his own in the club room on Kersal Moor and was fascinated by the idea that a dinner was planned to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the occasion. In the office in Manchester once used by his grandfather, Mr Ross related many amusing stories and anecdotes about his grandfather, of his liking of port and of his being only five feet four in height. Apparently Malcolm Ross had a reputation as a connoisseur of port and was frequently called upon to adjudicate in disputes concerning the quality of port and other wines. He was known as a 3-bottle man. Mr Ross showed several prints and engravings relating to Malcolm Ross’s business and municipal career and pointed out a marble bust of his grandfather with the comment “The old man should really be holding a bottle of port” . The date of the dinner, unfortunately, clashed with another engagement and Mr Ross was unable to attend. Other members of the family in direct line of descent were overseas, some on business and others in the Royal Navy, and the others, Mr Ross felt, were still in their teens and too young to attend such a function. But Mr Ross gave instructions for three bottles of best vintage port to be obtained, at his expense, and for it to be placed before the President at the table and decanted and passed round the table with the usual ritual where port is concerned. In his letter offering the port Mr Ross wrote “Only the very best it must be, or the old man will rise in wrath from the grave”. 

The dinner was a huge success and the club feels that Malcolm Ross would not have disapproved. “