The Societies' 2014 Convention Report - part 3 of 1 2 3 4 5 6

by Mike McNamee Published 01/02/2014


Thursday is also one of the high-stress days in terms of organisation as truck after truck arrives with the final delivery of stands and equipment and they can't all park outside the main door at the same time despite wishing to!

The temperature ratchets up on the Friday as the Trade Show opens to literally thousands of delegates and the master classes and seminars start in earnest. With upwards of 60 lectures throughout the day there is a huge mass of humanity roaming about the complex, a good percentage of whom are lost (a total of 14,000 this year)! Friday night is also party night with the 'welcome buffet' served after the last lectures of the day. This is often the first time that you are able to say hello to old friends as your itineraries might never have crossed during the day.


Photographer of the Year, Lina Ruskyte-Lukoseviciene is slightly stunned by it all as she receives her prize from Phil and Juliet.

Saturday is more of the same except that people slope off a little earlier from the bars to get into their finery for the gala dinner. This year Maggie Philbin was the guest presenter and once again she did a wonderful job keeping the boisterous crowds quiet for the key moments. A lot of alcohol is consumed and many did not return to their beds before 4am - Sunday breakfast was a little quieter!

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