FIRST YORKSHIRE AQUARIST FESTIVAL
Its the North something stirred,
for the Yorkshire Association of Aquarists Societies has held its first Aquarist
Festival. To those who imagine that Yorkshire are a "Coarse Breed,"
maybe we are, for the setting was the racecourse stand, and famous home of the
St. Leger, Doncaster Race Course.
The organisers were a team of young men
and women who had never before taken part in staging a festival. Bearing this
in mind it is generally felt that as a first time effort they were to be congratulated.
Some of that committee may now feel much older but they can look back with pride
on their achievement. It was team effort that turned the idea into a reality and
has given birth to a new Aquarist Festival. One of which the other members of
the Confederation can look on as a sister to their own.
The quality of the
tableaux and trade stands could scarcely be bettered and the generosity and friendliness
shown between all those taking part had to be seen to be believed.
on show at the Festival were of a high standard and praise must be given to all
who exhibited for the excellent way in which they were presented. The prize winners
each received a miniature silverplated rose bowl suitable engraved for the occasion.
A list of prize winners is included in the "News from Societies" section
of this magazine.
It was a great delight to the committee to see the way in
which the participating Societies presented both tableaux and stands. The hard
work which they so freely gave reflected great credit on them. Having such an
array before them the judges had a very difficult time before finally announcing
the winners as Doncaster Aquarist Society with their excellent presentation of
a "Pit Head," complete with shaft and winding gear. Retford and District
Society's "Church" with its wedding party and chiming bells, not to
mention the last resting place of "Oscar," came second. Third was a
scale model of a "Windmill," presented by our friends from Castleford
and District. The market "Fruit Stall" from Worksop Society was fourth.
The ideas and presentation of these four were excellent and each in its own way
could so easily have taken first place.
Having said well done to the triumphant
Societies it is even more difficult to pick out the runners-up who so very nearly
Amongst these were the "Humber Bridge" built by Hull Society,
and completed before the real one! Sailing nearby was the good ship "Go by
Goole," and others included the "Bassetlaw Ark" and the "Dinner
Setting" of Sheffield Society with cutlery 7 ft. long especially for those
who required a large meal. These and many others all helped to make the day out
at Doncaster an interesting and enjoyable one.
The trade section at the Festival
were to be congratulated for their presentation and understanding. It is extremely
gratifying to know that there are those in our hobby trade who are prepared to
give time and money in order to assist the Yorkshire Association. They came knowing
it to be our first effort and realising that they might have difficulty in making
it pay, but this did not deter them. What better support could our Association
ask for? We take great pride in listing these friends:
H.M. Prison (Wakefield)
J.M.C. Aquatics Aquamarine Tropicals King British
E. Palmer & Son A. &
J. Tropics Thomas's
Sarony Art Products Tropicure Products J. & E. Aquatics
G. S. Hewitt
Aquarist & Pondkeeper Doncaster Pet Centre Kalvern
of the "trade" we thank you.
The presentation of trophies by the
famous wrestler, Mr. Ian Campbell, concluded the Festival, except for the raffle
draw for a complete tropical set-up including tank, stand and furnishing. The
winner was the very popular President of Yorkshire, Greg Sibson. It was only at
the firm request of Mr. Campbell that he finally accepted the prize.
we would like to thank all those who contributed so much time and effort in making
this Festival the success it undoubtedly was. It has given us the opportunity
of staging our 2nd Festival on 20th and 21st August, 1976, when once again we
invite your generous and much-needed support.