Defying the urge to
cancel the weekend altogether after the demise of the show on the Saturday,
over one hundred and twenty members attended what was now the pre convention
dinner rather than the pre show dinner, and what an event it was!!!
There was a determined effort by
all the revellers to make the most of the weekend. The reception before dinner
was warm with amicale along with a glittering array of evening wear. Many old
acquaintances met again and new friends made in what was a relaxed and friendly
atmosphere. Impromptu stands sprung up and there was a flurry of lively
activity at the tables dispensing badges, convention programmes and year books
(even a day early!!!)
A candlelit delicious dinner, much improved on
last year, followed and without any dogs to walk and groom, liberal amounts of
wine flowed throughout the dining suite.
Our Chairman, Mrs. Virginia
Barwell welcomed all to the Awards Dinner and Mr. Paul Follows, the master of
ceremonies, (criticised for only wearing a discreet midnight blue waistcoat
with his dinner suit, instead of the sequinned stars and striped number he wore
the previous year), hosted the event.
Announcing changes (surprise
surprise) to the programme, which included a cancellation of the parade of stud
dogs, our MC mentioned the committee had (tongue in cheek it was hoped) thought
about getting the stud dog owners (the males amongst them) to parade on all
fours wearing only a collar and lead. This went down well with the audience
although the owners were relieved the idea was not adopted.
So a raffle
very kindly organised by our overseas guests, who also donated the prizes, was
held over the weekend culminating in a prize draw during the convention.
The yearly awards were made following dinner and it was nice to see the
owners getting their due recognition and some limelight after a years hard work
The formalities over, members relaxed and chatted over
coffee, whilst many adjourned to the hotels bars. I gather the hotel
refreshment service was still at it at 4am the next morning.
was started earlier to allow delegates time before the prompt conference start
at 9am. Maybe it should have been extended later as well to allow the late
revellers to make breakfast as well.
It was a super night, great
bonhomie and from what was the jaws of disappointment sprang forth a night to