Hazel returns to birth place for St Andrews Rotary fundraiser

Hazel Irvine will be taking part in an event hosted by the Rotary Club of St Andrews.
Hazel Irvine will be taking part in an event hosted by the Rotary Club of St Andrews.

Sports presenter Hazel Irvine will return to her birth place for a special evening hosted by the Rotary Club of St Andrews.

The television anchor will be interviewed by internationally-renowned golf journalist Renton Laidlaw on Saturday, June 6, for the latest in the ‘Look Who’s Talking’ series, a popular event arranged by the rotary club and sponsored by local law firm, Thorntons.

St Andrews is a place very close to my heart – I was born here and returned to study at Scotland’s oldest university

Hazel Irvine, sports presenter

Hazel’s return to St Andrews comes ahead of the Open, which will take place in the town in July.

She said: “I am really looking forward to coming to St Andrews. It’s a place very close to my heart as I was born here and returned to study at Scotland’s oldest university. It’s always wonderful to come back.”

Hazel is also thrilled that she will be interviewed by Renton, who she knows well and has worked with for a number of years.

She added: “It’s doubly exciting to spend some time with Renton. He is a wonderfully charismatic and charming person and it will be a joy to do this fun event with him.

“It will be a great night of entertainment, and, more importantly, it will raise money for charities supported by the Rotary Club of St Andrews.”

The event will be held at the Old Course Hotel, Gold Resort and Spa, at 7.30pm, with tickets priced at £15. The audience will also be invited to ask questions following the interview.

Andrew Aitken, president of the Rotary Club of St Andrews, said: “Hazel’s career has taken her around the world covering major sporting events so it will be fascinating to hear her speak about her experiences as well as looking ahead to the Open here in St Andrews this summer.

“Having worked together for a number of years, Renton and Hazel have a great rapport and I am sure this will add to the humour and entertainment of the night.”

The event will raise money for a number of local charities that the Rotary Club of St Andrews raises money for throughout the year.

The organisation created the Look Who’s Talking format a number of years ago and each event has been extremely popular with the local community, raising thousands of pounds for deserving causes.

Previous guest speakers have included Peter Alliss, the voice of golf, who was interviewed by Renton last year. The sell-out event raised more then £5000.

Tickets are now available and can be purchased from Thorntons offices at Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews or online at www.thorntons-law.co.uk/standrewsrotary