MARCH 2009
First meeting of the year
I do not think that we will ever fill the Pavilion Theatre but we didn't do too badly for the first Saturday of the 2009 convention season. In fact, if everyone would take their seat at the appropriate time we would indeed fill the auditorium and probably have “standing room only signs as well, but GFS conventions are very free and easy and members and visitors come and go between the bar, the alternative Blackpool attractions like shops and seaside and the other attractions within the Pavilion Theatre like the GFS shop, the instrument table, beginners classes and for the first time, Dennis Mitchell demonstrating the art of fitting a vellum to a large and appreciative gathering. On the entertainment front we were treated to another kaleidoscope of talent, which started just after lunchtime and didn’t stop until close on midnight on both Saturday and Sunday. Packed within this menu were two of George’s films. One was from the ATP part of his career, “I See Ice” and the other from Columbia was the ever popular “Bell Bottom George” The committee had originally intended to show “He Snoops To Conquer” but with the knowledge that this rarity is soon to be released in a restored digitized version they decided to await its release and hopefully this film will be shown in June. Jack Topping joined the GFS in 1961 but drifted away shortly afterwards, he turned up at the weekend and met up with John Walley who he hadn't seen since the inaugural year - welcome back Jack. What can you say about an event that takes place four times a year and has been going on for the last forty seven years other than the fact that some members probably never attend a Blackpool convention and some never miss, year after year - some people just don't know what they are missing!
MARCH 2009
First meeting of the year
I do not think that we will ever fill the Pavilion Theatre but we didn't do too badly for the first Saturday of the 2009 convention season. In fact, if everyone would take their seat at the appropriate time we would indeed fill the auditorium and probably have “standing room only signs as well, but GFS conventions are very free and easy and members and visitors come and go between the bar, the alternative Blackpool attractions like shops and seaside and the other attractions within the Pavilion Theatre like the GFS shop, the instrument table, beginners classes and for the first time, Dennis Mitchell demonstrating the art of fitting a vellum to a large and appreciative gathering. On the entertainment front we were treated to another kaleidoscope of talent, which started just after lunchtime and didn’t stop until close on midnight on both Saturday and Sunday. Packed within this menu were two of George’s films. One was from the ATP part of his career, “I See Ice” and the other from Columbia was the ever popular “Bell Bottom George” The committee had originally intended to show “He Snoops To Conquer” but with the knowledge that this rarity is soon to be released in a restored digitized version they decided to await its release and hopefully this film will be shown in June. Jack Topping joined the GFS in 1961 but drifted away shortly afterwards, he turned up at the weekend and met up with John Walley who he hadn't seen since the inaugural year - welcome back Jack. What can you say about an event that takes place four times a year and has been going on for the last forty seven years other than the fact that some members probably never attend a Blackpool convention and some never miss, year after year - some people just don't know what they are missing!