Glamour reaches the UKSTT...
The 21st UKSTT Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony took place on 24-Apr-15 at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham, UK. The event was attended by nearly 170 VIPs and guests with entries into the awards from over 35 companies.
After a short ‘welcome’ speech by the UKSTT chairman, Ian Ramsay, the renowned Naturalist and ‘Spring Watch’ television host and environmentalist Chris Packham opened the evening. As well as his partner, Chris was accompanied by the “fastest & most glamorous” organism on the planet, a Peregrine Falcon. Peregrine Falcons can be found on every large land mass on the Earth, apart from New Zealand, and is the most successful raptor in the world. As a result have been used by Falconers for over 3,000 years. When tracking prey they can reach speeds up to 240mph in short bursts and kill the prey by punching it. They usually inhabit cliffs but are slowly moving into cities, perching on tall buildings, and have developed a new hunting technique using the glow from the city lights to allow night-time hunting. Chris had with him a 4 year old male from the Hawk Conservancy Trust (www.hawk-conservancy.org), unusually for the animal kingdom, the male is smaller than the female.
During the presentation of the short-listed entries, Chris highlighted a late entry into the New Installation category by NHS England ....... “Chris Packhams Gut - years of abuse takes its toll” to much mirth in the room. Chris shared photographs of his recent endoscopy & colonoscopy with the recommendation of CIPP lining of the oesophagus followed by directional drilling into his stomach. He was quite relieved that it wasn’t a scrape & epoxy reline.
This year’s Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony also saw the additional entertainment of “At Table” magicians during the meal. After the meal the evening was closed out by English writer and stand-up comedian Gary Delaney, who is widely regarded as being the most quotable comic on the circuit. The sheer number of outstanding gags left the audience struggling to remember them all.
The Charity for the evening was The Lighthouse Club. The donations from attendance at the event amounted to ~£1,260. All donations were put into a draw for the possibility of winning a Kindle Fire HD, donated by Mammoth Equipment Ltd. This was won by Anthony Price, Warwick University. There was also a Business Card drop draw to win a bottle of Champagne. This was won by Paul Horton, SBWWI.