Having been asked to post some items from the 1989 Convention, I've raided the scrapbook and the results are below. A few things to bear in mind: 1. We were restricted to 250 people due to fire regulations. 2. There was no programme. 3. Graham Smith and myself financed the project to assess the reaction. It proved a feasible idea and the money made on the day and the donations from the raffle meant we were able to send the NSPCC a nice cheque. 4. One way we made an operating profit was from the sale of t shirts. Those left over from the day were sold on the Friends Of Fairport stall at that year's Cropredy Festival.
great pictures and what a great idea to raise money for the NSPCC as well as having a good time. The only galling thing for me reading about it was I wasn't that far away as the crow flies - damnation ;D ah well thanks for posting and look forward to seing more of this when you get the chance after you've stuffed yourself at Xmas and relaxing round the warm glow of the computer screen.
Sealion has sent a load of photos from the Conventions and we'll be posting them as soon as time allows but this one I couldn't resist. Kenny Wylie outside the Hillingdon venue (1989) proudly displaying the headmaster's latest work. We'd been sent a preview copy of the album a few weeks previously and it was being played almost non-stop over the Tull disco which we had at the Convention that year.
I've been rummaging through a box of Tull tapes and found this absolute "one off".
Graham Smith and I had written to IA about the 1989 UK Convention and we received a reply promising a copy of the "new" album Rock Island to play on the day (letter earlier in this thread). My recollection is that Kenny Wylie brought it with him to the Convention for us.
So the album was played approx 3 week before the official release date here in the UK and although the actual cassette has no label, the cassette sleeve has the basic info written on in pencil. Whose writing it is I've no idea but I've scanned it for this thread although I've had to enhance it some what to make it legible as the writing has faded over the preceding years.