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Convention Report Hanley Swann Convention, Worcestershire ~ 6th April 2002
by Paul Luke
Hanley Swann ConventionSteve, David Pimm and myself arrived early and started putting out the comrention signs and setting up the hall. We then set up our displays and sale tables. People started arriving at about 9 o'clock just before the refreshments team pulled up about 9.15. The tea started flowing along with some breakfast for the workers. Before long the hall was packed with members from far and wide including some new collectors and many old friends.

People brought along raffle prizes and Steve had had some exquisite photographs reproduced in A3 for the first 20 winners. There were some nice lots in the auction including three blue printed bottles from Cerne Abbas. The trend was more towards stalls selling bottles, however there were a few give away spares outside.

The weather was good to us and it was pleasantly warm when you got away from the cold wind. Lunch time approached and Sue along with helpers Val Hayward and Alison Gray served up some nice fish and chips which they had collected from the local shop and a superb home-made fruit cake which Steve was attempting to hoard!

Hanley Swann ConventionThe weather was good to us and it was pleasantly warm when you got away from the cold wind. Lunch time approached and Sue along with helpers Val Hayward and Alison Gray served up some nice fish and chips which they had collected from the local shop and a superb home-made fruit cake which Steve was attempting to hoard.
The auction was conducted by comedy duo Steve and Keith Halliday, with Lisa looking after the administration side of things and then the raffle was conducted by a young Halliday (raffle ticket selling entrepreneur) with some nice prizes on offer. Steve had had a lovely four (yes four !!!) colour bottle printed to commemorate the convention.

Hanley Swann ConventionThere were four displays in total. Lisa and I displayed bottles with an Egg theme entitled "Eggstra Value From Your Milkman" which won first prize, second was Colin Gray with a range of bottles depicting American baseball themes and Colin's beloved two colour Glasgow Co-op bottles and third was Steve's display of bottles from the 50's with a range of different June Dairy Festival bottles plus the Zoe Newton advertisement and three colour 50's advert bottle.

Hanley Swann ConventionThe best bottle was a blue coloured American looking glass bottle belonging to Colin Gray. This bottle turned out to be a fake which Colin had purchased from a kitchen hardware type shop because he liked it.
Steve pointed out how easy it can be to get taken in by this style of bottle, which is sold from this type of outlet. They can get into the wrong hands on some occasions and then dealers try to auction/sell them off as the real thing. Steve used an example of the Thatcher's bottle which had in the past been sold for outrageous prices even though they had "Made in Italy" on the base. You have been warned !!!!

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and being that the convention was on the Saturday it felt a more relaxed atmosphere as people didn't have to rush away to get back home for work the next day. We would like to thank Steve, Sue and all of the helpers for their hard work in organising the convention and it's running on the day.

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