One great thing we in the BTS have to look forward to in April 2013 is our Convention! You know the dates, you have had your booking forms, make sure you use them in plenty of time to secure your place at what promises to be another great weekend get-together.
John Creamer is heading up the team dedicated to ensuring a first class convention. We have some great lectures lined up. John Siggins will present a lecture on the construction of the Olympic class steamers. Mandy le Boutillier will present a lecture “Jack Phillips – in his own words”. We are hoping BTS friends Jack Eaton and Charlie Haas will attend and present a lecture. This cannot be confirmed as yet as Charlie is waiting clearance to fly from his surgeon following back surgery. We have a superb exhibition and sales display, a grand Gala Dinner to be followed by the famous BTS Grand Raffle! and plenty of time to meet and make new friendships, and renew old ones.
John has managed to arrange for us to visit the famous TSS Calshot on the Sunday morning! Calshot is one of only three surviving classical tender ships which served the great ocean liners. The visit is a rare pivilege, and thanks are due to John for arranging it. This visit, combined with a visit to Berths 43/44 from where Titanic sailed on 10th April 1912 will be a wonderful experience and a great photo opportunity. Full details will be published in the March 2013 issue of the Atlantic Daily Bulletin and on the website.
Some members may recall that about six years ago, Uni-Link Buses named a bus after our former President, Millvina Dean. Millvina named the bus in the car park of the Hilton Hotel during our Convention. The original bus is no longer in service, but the company wish to name a replacement bus in Millvina’s honour. They plan to hold the naming ceremony outside the DeVere Grand Harbour Hotel on the Sunday morning of our 2013 Convention. This will be a great occasion and another wonderful tribute to Millvina. We hope that members of Millvina’s family will be able to be present. After the naming ceremony, Delegates will depart in the bus for our rendezvous at Berths 43/44 and TSS Calshot! If time permits we may drive past the Millvina Dean Memorial Garden en route!
What a great experience…..don’t miss it!
As mentioned above, we will be holding the great ‘BTS Raffle’ once again. We have some fabulous prizes already generously donated, but would ask that if any members would care to donate prizes for the draw, this would be very much appreciated. Please either write in, or contact Karen via the website and let us know. We shall be very grateful.
Also, if any members would like to help to man the Exhibition Desk on the Saturday, we should be delighted to hear from you.
Regarding the Gala Dinner, as mentioned on your booking form, please contact Tim Silcocks if you have any dietary requirements or particular table seating wishes. Tim will do his best to accommodate all reasonable seating requests, but these must be made BEFORE the convention and not during it.
To any member wishing to exhibit their collection on the Saturday, or wish to reserve a Sales Table, please contact John Creamer as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.