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Bob Edwards (9527)

Short report on the 70th Anniversary Convention

LOVE BPS CONVENTIONS AND                                                                                          —Ù®Ä»Ý ٛ‘. ¹ƒÄ› ƒÄ— Ê ›—óƒÙ—Ý, ‘«Ù®Ý ¦Ù››Ä, Ùʐ®Ä Ãçėƒù
THIS ONE WAS NO EXCEPTION!

THE MOMENT WE ARRIVED, there was                   There was Ɵme for a short walk along the
someone to speak to, usually a member who          sea front before we changed into our formal
you haven’t seen for a year, and you feel          gear for the ConvenƟon Banquet, with drinks
special. Dorset Branch, supreme masters of         beforehand of course! Large round tables
ConvenƟons at Bournemouth, pulled out all the      filled the room, members took their seats and
stops for this one—it was an extremely well-       David Gee started the proceeding off. It was a
planned and run weekend. Many thanks Ron           lovely meal, and for once, chicken wasn’t on
and your team for all your hard work. As Jane      the menu! More trophies and the toasts, and
and I walked through the door, there were Liz      then we were treated to the most enjoyable
and Roderic greeƟng delegates and giving out       aŌer-dinner speech that we have had for many
goody bags; a bag full of surprises and some       years. The speaker was Roy Caslon and he kept
very good ones too. There was a place mat with     everyone on the edge of their seats for more
Dorset “mug” shots on (excuse the pun) and         than half-an-hour. Light-hearted and wiƩy, but
an excepƟonally nice pen with East Street Press    prinƟng-orientated as befits someone with
adverƟsed on it, as well as miscellaneous flyers    such a long prinƟng heritage, Roy was a breath
for stands in the Trade Show.                      of fresh air. Everyone went to the bar or to bed
                                                   chortling about what he had said.
The Friday evening dinner happened on Ɵme—
well done Days Hotel!—and then people went         Sunday morning brought us another tasty
to talks or in my case, the ExecuƟve Council       breakfast, and for those who didn’t have
MeeƟng. People stayed up talking long into the     to get away on a long return journey, there
evening; we leŌ them to it!                        were more talks and things to do. This was
                                                   a ConvenƟon to remember and worthy of
Saturday morning was very busy from an early       our 70th Anniversary. Bill Brace would have
hour. For those of us who had trade stands,        approved—we are a Society of Friends indeed!
there was stuff to bring in from the car park, for
me, a good walk. Others started puƫng items                                                                   15
into the Bring & Buy, and of course there was
breakfast, a very tasty assortment of food to
start the day. The Trade Show started promptly
at 9.45 and was hecƟc for a couple of hours.
There were more than a dozen stands in two
rooms and reflected much of what the BPS is
about—leƩerpress, digital and foil—and the
usual members were present; Caslon, Carpath-
ian Press, the BPS Library and lots of others.

The AucƟon in the aŌernoon was busy and
this led on to the AGM, aƩended by some 35
members. The meeƟng was well-organised and
passed unevenƞully. Some of the trophies were
presented at the end of the meeƟng for those
not staying to the Dinner.
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