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Latest news... the 27th SummerNational HAS TO deliver…
Under 'Alans Shout' (BBR 151), AB outlined a blunt and stark remit concerning the UK SummerNationals, and future Elsecar events, to take heed/ note if they are  to survive, as we know them. The 27th such is planned over the week-end of the 1st & 2nd July with every indication it will be a rip roaring, well attended, success. AB requested open and clear evidence of support for all of his years of endeavour promoting the hobby in general. He explained it is now up to leader collectors & dealers within the hobby, & others, to step forward, be counted, and act positively! Competitions &  Displays have been the 'raison d'être' (a French expression commonly used in English, meaning "reason for being" or "reason to be") since the inception in 1985 at Wath Comprehensive School. The hobby has progressed and matured immensely since then, and the current Elsecar Heritage Centre site remains a clear and firm favourite for dealers and collectors - all of whom steadfastly travel from worldwide in seemingly rising numbers. Elsecar is CRUCIAL to the hobby say so many? However, this event could prove to be the last if folks believe all they need is absentee auctions, with no physical involvement or need to attend, no social gathering, no camaraderie? This is something which BBR has strongly avoided for so many years - the social aspect is seen as ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL for the UK if it is to burgeon and survive? BBR will over the next few months press strong and hard for much more involvement in the way of many more Competitions and Displays this year, housed professionally in BBR's purpose built salesroom by the red phone box - which was created with an intent to serve the hobby for at least another decade in the way only BBR can/ has done, for so long. Thinking caps on. There are EIGHTEEN Competitoin categories to choose from, with around £600 prize money given out, along with t shirts for each category winner. If that sounds too daunting or too big an ask then more simply just choose one of the shelvesin BBR's Display cabinets - safely locked, reinforced shelving, secure & safe  - maybe moreso than at home? Email: alan@onlinebbr.com for entry forms if you don't attend the shows or get BBR magazine.