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Glam Night in Huddersfield

Monday, 21 May 2018

On the last Saturday in April 2018 the Lancashire Branch of the ICME hosted the first dinner for over 25 years at a packed venue in Huddersfield, with over 250 people attending.

The black tie evening was hosted by Lee Jenkins IEng Prof MICME of Weir Minerals Europe, outgoing Branch President who handed over the reins to Russell Gray Eng Tech Prof MICME of Maxima Engineering Ltd. The occasion also saw Compere for the evening, and long-time Branch Secretary and stalwart, Richard Cairns BSc CEng MIM Prof MICME stand down from his position to allow a new secretary to be appointed.

Attending as guests were the outgoing and incoming National Presidents, John Townsend FICME and Trevor Ayre FICME respectively, Honorary National Treasurer Trevor Stevenson FICME and staff from ICME head office.

John Townsend presented branch committee member Andrew Howe Prof MICME with his gold long service pin for achieving 50 years’ consecutive membership of the institute. Andrew is also a recipient of the long and notable service award.

Both Lee and John spoke about the enduring membership of the ICME for many members and the support and friendship that this offers. Looking to the future, the importance of the new National Foundry Training Centre for the industry was emphasised buy John as he recognised the support given to the project by both the head office team and many suppliers to the UK foundry industry. John also gave an impassioned speech about the history of the chain of the National President which he has been proud to wear over the last two years.

The formal part of the evening over, a live four-piece glam rock band played a full set of hits from the 1970’s, complete with tank tops, platform shoes and flared pantaloons, which had the venue rocking until the early hours. Table top magicians and a photo booth in a VW camper van also ensured that guests had a fun-filled and memorable evening – hopefully the first of many that the branch will host.