Thanks Bill, for giving an overview of the highlights of the Annual Exhibition, but it would be remiss of me if I did not show my appreciation to all those who made this special event possible and I apologise for any repetition. I was especially pleased that Barrie Thomas so enthusiastically agreed to judge the Digital Print Competition, despite his many other commitments. Being an acknowledged leader in the field of digital photography Barrie added great weight to the competition. I felt Peter Gennard was a popular judge for the knockout slide competition, though perhaps not so popular with Wigan 10 who had previously won the trophy so many times. My congratulations to Leek CC, the new winners. Not only did Geoff Simpson give us a splendid Wild Life evening but we must thank him also for his help in publicising the event and designing (and providing the artwork) for the illustrated colour poster. It was one of the best attended and well received evenings of its type that I have witnessed for many a year. Geoff has offered to run a club evening for NCPS.
We were honoured that the L&CPU President opened the Exhibition, and even more honoured that John Dougherty and his two previous Presidents, Ian Stuart and Bob Dennis together had agreed to judge the Exhibition. It is fitting that they will be our guests at our 50 th Anniversary Luncheon.
Finally thanks to all those who helped to set up, and take down the Exhibition; served the refreshments, sold tickets, programs, provided raffle prizes, and ran the inter-club competitions. An especial thank-you to Peter Redford who once again used his holidays to organise and provide technical expertise in the running of the two competitions, and programmed the automatic Slide monitor. Alan Bromage's newly built Back Projection Screen worked a treat. Thank you Alan; viewing the slide entries was much more enjoyable. George Beaumont and Rod Hargreaves provided photo-copying facilities and Rodney Simpson designed and printed the tickets and the Exhibition information labels. Thank You gentlemen! A great effort from everyone and much appreciated.