march 2020
Covid 19 strikes!
The weekend had been planned, the hotels were booked, members in contact at the various branches would chat and plan their weekend in Blackpool. Members and visitors would travel from near and far to be at this event, and then…. nothing! For the first time that anyone can remember, the convention was cancelled when a virus we came to know as COVID 19 swept throughout the world and affected all our lives no matter where you lived or how rich or poor your situation was. In the great span of things, a convention cancelled was nothing when compared to the grief and sadness that this world pandemic has caused but nevertheless, missing the meeting on top of everything else was a bitter pill to swallow. So, whilst there is nothing we can do but listen to our government's good advice, we can perhaps re-kindle a few memories with a look back to previous March conventions. The March convention was always memorable (they all are!), especially because it was the first meeting in a new year. THis page is no substitute for a convention report of a happy weekend spent amongst Formby friends. Just a look back and then perhaps a look forward to a better day when we will all be together in Blackpool in safety to enjoy each others company and the music of Mr Formby.


In the spirit of George Formby’s film character, the GFS

members refused to take the cancellation of their

Formby activities lying down.

Before the end of March GFS Chairman Steve Langford

had sparked the idea of The E-Convention and Matt

Richards, Simon Rose and Suzanne McIntosh had cre-

ated the ZOOM GROUP which has played every night

since lockdown commenced.