Thursday, September 21, 2006

All roads lead to Leeds for Piking 2006

Pikers from all four corners of the British Isles and in one or two cases even further afield are on their way to Leeds for the PAC's annual convention.

Piking 2006 is taking place at the city's Royal Armouries Museum tomorrow.

It's going to be a big day for the club, as president Phil Wakeford outlines the new committee's ambitious plans for the next three years and beyond.

There are plenty of battles on the horizon and strength through unity is the theme of the day.

We also have four excellent guest speakers lined up from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England.

And as ever, there'll be a mouth-watering selection of tackle stalls, including the club's popular second-hand stall; a mega raffle and of course the chance to renew your membership or buy PAC products.

You'll also be able to meet the new committee and put faces to names, or tell us what you want out of the PAC, or about the direction you think the club should be going in.

The social side's just as important, as for many the convention is the chance to renew aquaintances, make new friends and set the piking world to rights over a few shandies.

Many are travelling up today and there will no doubt be one or two beers drunk, a few tall stories told and the odd wind-up played tonight.

This blog, the PAC forums and website will go a bit quiet for the next 36 hours or so.

We'd love to see you there but if you can't make it to Leeds, you'll be able to read all about it on here on Sunday - or maybe even earlier if our scribes can find an internet cafe.

You may also be able to view highlights on video - well, a DVD - as Kosh TV from RA 88 (Royston Vasey, aka Glossop, Derbys...) are going to be filming the event.

Convention last minute update....

Doors open approx 8.30am. Tickets £7.50 (non members) £6.50 (members).

10.00 Opening Address - Phil Wakeford

10.15 Menteith Draw - Mark Skinner

10.30 Llandegfedd/Chew Fishing - Pete Climo

11.30 The Irish Angle - Ian Forde

12.30 Pac Vision the way forward - Phil Wakeford

13.00 Break

13 .30 Fishing the Scottish Lochs - Scot Davidson

14.30 My Golden Season - Bill Palmer

15.30 Neville Fickling’s Pike Panel

16.30 Presentations and Speeches - Colin Goodge

16.45 Raffle- Mike Kelly (NB there are lots of prizes, this is not a raffle to win Mike...).

17.00 Close