SEPTEMBER 2000

FUEL CRISIS

Despite the fact that the whole of England was virtually at a standstill owing to the worst fuel crisis to be experienced in many years, plus the torrential rain which battered the Blackpool coastline for all of this weekend, the George Formby Society held their 39th Annual General Meeting in the Spanish Hall of the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on the weekend of 16th /17th September 2000. As usual the there was no shortage of entertainers throughout the weekend and also unsurprisingly, the quality of that entertainment was once again, unbeatable.

FILMS

The two films shown were, on the Saturday, the newly found copy of "Boots Boots" which of course features Coronation Street’s Betty Driver and new scenes of George Formby. This was most enthusiastically received by the Saturday evening cinema-goers and resulted in one of the best-attended audiences for many years. On the Sunday, "Keep Your Seats Please" was the choice and again, in spite of the fact that most self respecting Formby fans will have seen this film countless times, the turnout was again, most enthusiastic.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

On the Sunday morning, it was the Annual General Meeting at which time the new committee of the Society is elected for the forthcoming year. This year is a very special one in that it is the 40th anniversary of the Society.

COMMITTEE

New additions to the committee were, Steve & Karen Wylde, elected as Secretary and Assistant Secretary. Stan Evans elected as a committee member. And last but certainly not least, Peter Pollard (creator of this web site), was proud to take to the stage as the newly elected Vice-President of the GFS.

SONG WRITING COMPETITION

The annual Stanley King song writing competition was held and the winner this time was Paul Culkin from York. Honorary Member Bernard Young presented Paul with the trophy.

HONORARY MEMBERS

The highlight of the weekend must be the recognition given to two very hard working and dedicated people who were given the Society’s highest honour. The title of Honorary Member was bestowed on President Dennis Taylor and his wife Pat. This was an historic moment in the Society’s history; Pat Taylor (as the first ever lady to be granted this high honour) can now definitely be termed First Lady of the Society. The meeting closed at around 23:45 on the Sunday evening and the next meeting will take place on 24/25 November 2000.

FUEL CRISIS

Despite the fact that the whole of England was virtually at a standstill owing to the worst fuel crisis to be experienced in many years, plus the torrential rain which battered the Blackpool coastline for all of this weekend, the George Formby Society held their 39th Annual General Meeting in the Spanish Hall of the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on the weekend of 16th /17th September 2000. As usual the there was no shortage of entertainers throughout the weekend and also unsurprisingly, the quality of that entertainment was once again, unbeatable.

FILMS

The two films shown were, on the Saturday, the newly found copy of "Boots Boots" which of course features Coronation Street’s Betty Driver and new scenes of George Formby. This was most enthusiastically received by the Saturday evening cinema-goers and resulted in one of the best-attended audiences for many years. On the Sunday, "Keep Your Seats Please" was the choice and again, in spite of the fact that most self respecting Formby fans will have seen this film countless times, the turnout was again, most enthusiastic.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

On the Sunday morning, it was the Annual General Meeting at which time the new committee of the Society is elected for the forthcoming year. This year is a very special one in that it is the 40th anniversary of the Society.

COMMITTEE

New additions to the committee were, Steve & Karen Wylde, elected as Secretary and Assistant Secretary. Stan Evans elected as a committee member. And last but certainly not least, Peter Pollard (creator of this web site), was proud to take to the stage as the newly elected Vice-President of the GFS.

SONG WRITING COMPETITION

The annual Stanley King song writing competition was held and the winner this time was Paul Culkin from York. Honorary Member Bernard Young presented Paul with the trophy.

HONORARY MEMBERS

The highlight of the weekend must be the recognition given to two very hard working and dedicated people who were given the Society’s highest honour. The title of Honorary Member was bestowed on President Dennis Taylor and his wife Pat. This was an historic moment in the Society’s history; Pat Taylor (as the first ever lady to be granted this high honour) can now definitely be termed First Lady of the Society. The meeting closed at around 23:45 on the Sunday evening and the next meeting will take place on 24/25 November 2000.
SEPTEMBER 2000