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Fairs & Festivals December 11th 2010


Report by Dominic Morris & Pictures by Nick Hackney


Malaya Study Group Wine and Cheese at Christmas plus Members’ Displays on the theme of: Fairs, Festivals and Festivities
11 December 2010
After a convivial couple of hours chatting over the Christmas wine, cheese and savouries, the 20 or so members and guests settled back to three varied and interesting rounds of displays on the theme that Mac McClaren had suggested. The displayers were: Mac, Derek Burrows, Peter Cockburn, Charles Keel, Andrew Norris, Joe Robertson, Bill Pain, Gordon Peters, Susan McEwen, Nigel Tyre and Len Stanway. And those who did not display helped in other ways e.g. by doing the washing up afterwards.


Mac, as begetter of the idea led off with a half round from 1945 to modern. He stuck to both the letter and spirit of the theme from a nice example of the BMA Christmas Private Envelope to the (as he acknowledged) easier modern period. Other displays included modern Singapore, Moderns- New Years being a favourite, Postage Dues, Officials, Revenues, ephemera (including Ball and concert programmes- which I guess count) and a fascinating range of postcards etc from Gordon.


Derek Burrows



Peter Cockburn


Charles Keele


Gordon Peters


Susan McEwen


Nigel Tyre


Joe Robertson


Bill Pain


Len Stanway


Andrew Norris

It may have been the second glass of wine, but your correspondent struggled to figure the connection between some displays and the ostensible theme (Officials and Festivities, for example, have never before seemed to go together naturally: Officialdom does not ‘do’ knees-ups). But as one lateral thinker said: ‘Fairs can of course include Trade Fairs and that’s where I picked up what I m going to display’ (!)
As Mac remarked when he concluded, ‘not a single MBE in sight’ (and come to that, no Coronations or Jubilees either. There had been one or two Agri-Horts- but that is fair- sorry, unintended pun).
In all, an interesting Christmas theme that encouraged some lateral thinking and good-humoured displays. There will be an easier one for next year: ‘I also collect...’ Hope it will be as much fun. Thanks Mac.

Part of the audience


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