Members’ Morning always gives the opportunity of offering a short talk to those who may not wish to speak for an hour. Mike South set the ball rolling with a fascinating talk about the varied jobs which he had undertaken before settling on his chosen career. These included working on a sewage farm, as a mower’s mate and as a farmhand. David Hopkinson then told us about a university expedition to Guyana of which he had been a member. Georgetown is an unusual capital, being largely built of wood. He also described the river scenery inland, including one of the world’s finest waterfalls. Malcolm Wood with his customary good humour then took over and introduced us to his large collection of ties of all types, colours and designs. His wife had even bought him a special Millenium tie for the year 2000 and he has a Yokshire Show tie which he wears only once a year. Finally Grahame Devonport reminded us of the tape of Wearside Jack which distracted the investigating officer in the Ripper Case and delayed the arrest of Peter Sutcliffe.
Derek Clarkson gave the vote of thanks and suggested that so great was the expertise within the Forum that we could continue without guest speakers. Malcolm Wood outlined a possible boat trip on the Leeds-Liverpool canal for our visit in May. This suggestion will be added to others made at the previous meeting and a final decision will be made on 9 April.