DAY JUNE 2008
Text by David Marshall
Photographs by Arthur Kenworthy and
When the Ryedale Aquarist Society twinned with STAMPS (South
Tyneside Aquarists' and Marine Pondkeepers Society), at the beginning of 2008,
the Committee Members of both our groups decided that, as part of our twinning,
we would hold two 'Twinning Days' over the course of the year.
thus, had the great honour of hosting the inaugural 'Twinning Day', which took
place on Sunday 22nd June, and chose the Whistler Room at Pickering Memorial Hall
as the venue.
As the Memorial Hall has limited space the Ryedale members
sent out an invitation to the people who had given their time to do key jobs at
our 2008 Open Show to come along while the STAMPS members were pleased when the
members of OASIS accepted an invitation to be with us.
The day began with
a 'pot luck lunch' for which the people present brought along a feast of sweet
and savoury items. As you can see from the photographs the children featured in
the famous Christmas Party painting by Rex Whistler (which is believed to be the
last work of art by this famous artist before his untimely death in World War
II) kept a watchful eye on proceedings.
Following lunch Y.A.A.S. 'A' Class
Judge Mr. Trevor Douglas began the job of judging some wonderful exhibits spread
over 10 mini-show classes. At the present time the Y.A.A.S. are inviting people
with an interest in judging to 'do a day with a Judge' so David Hallam of Sheaf
Valley A.S. asked if he could come along and tells me that he had an enjoyable
time. Of the 9 'living fish' classes' fish belonging to Mr. Bede Kerrigan would
win 5, Mr. John Douthwaite 2, Mr. Malcolm Short 1 and Mr. & Mrs. Jones 1 while
Miss Sue Marshall won the 'Eggshibit' class with a boiled egg delicately wrapped
in sweet papers to form a Chocolate gourami.
While Trevor and David did
their judging work Mr. David Armitage of the AAGB presented an excellent talk
entitled 'The fish and people of Kalimantan'. As well as viewing labyrinth fish
in their natural habitats we got to see how they are presented not only in aquatic
retail outlets in this area of the World but also on the dinner plate.
David's talk, Mr. & Mrs. Kenworthy of the Otley A.S. presented a 'fish fun
quiz' and had placed prizes for the quiz winners in delicately made little boxes.
everything else was going on around them, Mr. Malcolm Short looked after the sales
table, for which the people present brought along a fantastic selection of own-bred
fish of various species, Miss Sue Marshall and helpers kept a constant flow of
tea and coffee available while Mr. David Marshall brought along an information
stand for The Aquarium Gazette CD magazine.
Malcolm strongly believes that
days like these are a step forward for Aquatic Societies and with a little give
and take they make days to remember, as was the case with this inaugural 'Twinning