60th Anniversary Symposium
To Celebrate the 60th anniversary of Teesside Branch, we held a special event on 17th March 2018. This was a few months before the actual anniversary date, but it was decided to hold the event early to avoid a clash of dates with the annual Zone 3 Rally.

The event gave members and their partners a chance to socialise

Applauding one of the speakers

All photographs by : John Ellis
About 50 members, guests and friends from a dozen other branches gathered together in St Augustine’s Church Hall, Kirkby-in-Cleveland to celebrate 60 years since the founding of Teesside Branch of the BCSS.

Rick Gillman

Rick Gillman

The first speaker was Rick Gillman with a talk entitled "Mexico - Giants and Gems".

The BCSS officials and speakers with the anniversary cake

The anniversary cake


Dr Colin Walker cutting the anniversary cake

The table show


The raffle

The first talk was followed by a glass of celebratory bubbly and the cutting, by BCSS President Dr Colin Walker, of the anniversary cake (made and elaborately decorated by Louie Walker). A buffet lunch followed, with time to browse the plant and book stalls, look at the table show and to buy raffle tickets.

Dr Colin Walker

Dr Colin Walker

The second talk was entitled "Exploring Euphorbias", presented by Dr Colin Walker.

Graham Charles

Graham Charles

Afternoon tea and the drawing of the raffle followed. The day concluded with the Alan Craig Memorial Lecture, entitled "Exploring the Backroads of Peru", presented by Graham Charles.

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