STAMPS TWINNING DAY 3rd AUGUST 2008
Text by Paul Barrow
by Paul Barrow
Stamps followed on Rydale's funday in June with one of their
own held at South Shields. Guests arrived from Rydale AS, Scarborough AS and OASIS.
Quite a few local guests could not attend because of holidays etc. Peter Wright,
our Vice Chairman was another who put in his apologies because a recent operation
has left him temporarily housebound. He did, however, send in the quiz used later
in the day. John Douthwaite and his grandson, Daniel Charters, organised and ran
the fish show, Daniel designing the place cards. Wendy Charters put together a
fish food basket for the raffle, and along with junior members Amy Charters &
Bethany King ran it. Darren Lamb looked after the sales bench, and Anthony King
set up the projection equipment for David Marshall. An unexpectedly large entry
of fish was ably judges by Robbie Kirkup. A full list of show winners can be seen
on the next page. A lot of good ideas were on display in the novelty aquarium
class, judged by Martin Ingermalls & Norman Banks, the winner being Sue Marshall
of Rydale. Peters Wright's quiz was won by Norman Banks of OASIS; this despite
question like "Name a fish staring and ending in K" the answer being
Kwick-save battered Haddock! Amy Charters organised a free treasure hunt, the
prize being a basket of chocolate. This was won by her brother, Daniel, who refused
to share with her. The main event of the day was David Marshall's excellent talk
on Guppies. He imparted his years of experiences with this species, starting from
the first discovery of the species, its naming and ending with the very latest
forms being bred in Europe and Asia.
excellent spread was put on by members from all clubs.
the foreground is a group from Rydale, with STAMPS members at the rear.
left: Trish Jones, Sue Marshall, Avril Banks & Sue Kenworthy.
next to Steve Jones, back to camera, is Martin Ingermalls one of the judges for
the Novelty Aquarium class.
Bede got the proceedings started with his latest song 'Slap-up my Guppy' while
his minder looks out for troublemakers.
King set up the projector he provided for David Marshall's talk.
Marshall gave a well informed talk on keeping & breeding Guppies. He showed
pictures of the new varieties that are coming out of Eastern Europe, the pictures
being supplied by his KGB contacts.
Kirkup toasts the fish before starting the arduous task of judging them. There
were 41 entries in the 9 amalgamated classes, which took in most fish that could
be shown at an open show. Well Done Robbie!
Short of Rydale receives the Best-in-Show award for his Guppy
Chairman, Ken Scott, receives his first place award from John Douthwaite for a
a bit of glamour as Paul Barrow get his second place awards from Ken.