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Posted by David Watson (Member # 3614) on November 04, 2019, 02:27 PM:
Hello Oliver,FR Field, thanks for your enquiry re.the Blackpool Convention.
sorry I didn't reply earlier but my e-mail service was unavailable
all day Sunday. Here is some information regarding the Blackpool
week-end. All events during the week-end are held at the Grand Hotel
(Formerly the Hilton Hotel) which is located on the sea front about a
Kilometre North of Blackpool Tower. On Friday 15th Nov. there is a film
show held in one of the hotels reception rooms at about 8.30 pm.
ask at the hotel reception desk and they will direct you to the room,
ALL are welcome to come and it's free, you do not have to be staying at the Grand Hotel to be able to attend.
On Saturday morning 16th Nov. starting at approx. 10.30 am to about 4.30pm they will be film shows running, using both super 8 and 16mm films.Again ALL are welcome to attend, come and go as you wish during the day again ask at the hotels reception desk for which reception room is being used for the Saturday film shows and they be able to help you.
On Saturday night 16th Nov. starting at about 7.30pm We hold the Blackpool Film
Convention Dinner this is held in a private room at the hotel and is a three course dinner, during the dinner we have a film quiz between
the diners this a series of 15 film questions and diners write their answers on their own answer sheet,at the end of the quiz the diner with the most correct answers wins a prize.
Following on from this there is a raffle where there is approx 25 prizes up for grabs, raffle tickets are on sale in the dinning room
just before and during the dinner, tickets are 1 pound each,
raffle prizes will include 16mm feature film, a super 8 feature film
16mm cartoon, super8 cartoon other super8 or 16mm films, film books
DVD box sets and numerous other film related prizes.
The final event at the dinner is the film show which lasts approx
1 hour this year it is a 16mm show,this is shown in the dining room.
the whole evening lasts to about 12 midnight to 1am.
If you would like attend the Convention Dinner on Saturday night 16th
Nov. I am sure you will enjoy it, please just let me know via my e-mail address and will arrange a place for you at the dinner as my guest, you would be sitting with me at our table (there is about ten
diners per table).
Sunday 17th Nov. The Convention is held starting at 10.00am where there is numerous dealers with tables selling 8mm 16mm 35mm films etc. projectors other film equipment film books, dvd's and other items.there is also a bring and buy table and in the afternoon there will be an auction of films ie. super8 and 16mm if wish to sell any films you are welcome to put them on the bring and buy table or put them in the auction. Also during the convention day super8 and 16mm shows are presented in a separate room all convention attendees are welcome to the film shows.The Convention ends approx 5.00pm
We are a friendly group of film collectors and you would be most welcome to join us for part or all of the week-end as you wish.
This year we have collector friends joining us from Belgium, the USA,
Ireland, Scotland and from I think Malta.
If you wish to stay at the Grand Hotel for the week-end there might still be rooms available, if you are outside of the UK telephone
UK telephone dial code then 01253 627977 and ask to speak to Kerry
Eastwood tell her you wish to book a room for the Film convention Week-end this will get you a special price for the room for each night you wish to stay, the cost is 70 pounds per person per night
this will include your room a three course evening meal and a full english or continental breakfast (your choice).The Hotel is a 4 star
If there is no more rooms available at the Grand Hotel please see the
list of other hotels I posted here on the forum 2 or 3 weeks ago.
Here is my e-mail address,
Oliver or anyone else! please feel free to contact me for further help regarding the Blackpool Film Convention week-end.
Whichever name you use it's the same event on the same the same hotel.
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on November 04, 2019, 04:02 PM:
Great !
Posted by Paul Barker (Member # 4318) on November 05, 2019, 02:18 AM:
thankyou David for that excellent summary of events for this years Blackpool Film Fair. anyone interested in film and film collecting should try and attend this superb event. it's the highlight of the year for many collectors and is eagerly looked forward too. a fabulous time for sure. looking forward to seeing everyone.
Posted by Simon McConway (Member # 219) on November 05, 2019, 03:56 AM:
I agree with Paul- this event is simply not to be missed. And with more dealers than ever, endless film shows and like-minded people to chat to, there’s literally nothing to lose! Doubtless someone will say they can’t make it because of car troubles, shopping or lawn mowing, but that’s their loss totally.
Posted by Joe Caruso (Member # 11) on November 06, 2019, 09:49 AM:
Don't have a lawn, car is on sick-call and as for shopping, well I intend to do the lot when I get there [Smile] Yes, this is a superb show and a fine group of dear people - Cheers, Shorty
Posted by Brian Fretwell (Member # 4302) on November 06, 2019, 10:08 AM:
It seems that the trams will be using a temporary stop (if they are that far advanced by the Film Fayre) and that the permanent tram station by Blackpool north will not be built until the lease on the Wilko store which occupies the site now expires in a year or so.
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on November 06, 2019, 01:06 PM:
It will be great to see you again, Shorty.
Posted by Nigel Higgins (Member # 4312) on November 06, 2019, 05:06 PM:
I am very much looking forward to being there .and will be attending the saturday night dinner with my son .sunday we have a table at the convention with super 8mm films from £5 and 16mm features from £40 you will have to be there to find out what .come and see usand say hi.such a great weekend and good fun for all .see you all there.
Posted by Simon McConway (Member # 219) on November 07, 2019, 04:12 AM:
I take my hat off to Dominique and Joe who travel globally to be at Blackpool, yet those in the locality only half an hour away can’t make it?
And before anyone says “can’t make it but do you have a list of films” the answer is always the same; you need to be there to purchase! It’s not a mail order event as David Guest once said. See you all there!
Posted by Paul Barker (Member # 4318) on November 07, 2019, 06:25 AM:
yes respect to these collectors. and lets not forget our visitors from Malta and Norway. it's a great pleasure indeed having them all here. this is now the only film collectors event in the uk where you can stay over for one to 3 days if you so wish. with something happening each day. so please try and come along and join the fun. many many bargains to be had in film and equipment on the sunday. and please remember. as David Guest used to say. support it or loose it.
Posted by Adrian Winchester (Member # 248) on November 07, 2019, 08:54 PM:
One good indication that collectors would rather use it than lose it is the number of dinner bookings this year, as the current total is 72, which smashes the previous record of the post-Derann era. Six are from Norway! So I thank all the Forum members who have booked for their support. If anyone would still like to come to this, please let me know by next Tuesday at the latest. I should remind guests at The Grand, that they have only 'transferred' to the collectors' dinner if they have told me!

If anyone urgently needs somewhere to stay, send me a message as I can recommend a reasonably-priced hotel that's 7 minutes walk from The grand.

[ November 08, 2019, 07:18 PM: Message edited by: Adrian Winchester ]
Posted by Joe Caruso (Member # 11) on November 08, 2019, 08:35 AM:
Brian, about the tram...I take ticket at manchester towards Blackpool, no problem, right? - Shorty
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on November 08, 2019, 08:48 AM:
Shorty, the train is not involved, I think. It's only the tram.
Posted by Brian Fretwell (Member # 4302) on November 08, 2019, 10:32 AM:
Yes, the train is as normal. The tram line goes closer to the station than before but not up to it as yet.
Posted by Joe Caruso (Member # 11) on November 08, 2019, 01:35 PM:
Ah yes - Cheers
Posted by David Skillern (Member # 607) on November 09, 2019, 03:37 AM:
Hi Shorty,

See you next week - my wife and I should be arriving at Blackpool around midday - so ill pop over to the Grand early evening - hope to see you there.
Posted by Joe Caruso (Member # 11) on November 09, 2019, 08:35 AM:
Will look forward of course - Cheers
Posted by Simon Balderston (Member # 5106) on November 09, 2019, 11:50 AM:
yes also looking to see you again shorty cheers simon [Smile] [Smile] [Smile]
Posted by Oliver F. R. Feld (Member # 1911) on November 11, 2019, 04:33 PM:
Thank You very, very much, David!!!
Posted by Simon Balderston (Member # 5106) on November 13, 2019, 01:46 PM:
leaving tomorrow for Blackpool dont care about being early its great just to be there.hope to see old and new faces.hope to see you there [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]
Posted by Simon McConway (Member # 219) on November 15, 2019, 11:28 AM:
Not able to make it this year-too much to do in the garden. Hope you all have a good time. If anyone sees a Bolex I’m looking for though...
Posted by Nigel Higgins (Member # 4312) on November 15, 2019, 12:06 PM:
It will be an exellent weekend for all involved im sure those that cant make it have thier reasons .lets enjoy it .

[ November 15, 2019, 02:48 PM: Message edited by: Nigel Higgins ]
Posted by Rob Young. (Member # 131) on November 15, 2019, 02:36 PM:
Fellas, please don't do that. I have nothing but the utmost respect for you but please don't lower the tone.
Posted by Nigel Higgins (Member # 4312) on November 15, 2019, 03:07 PM:
Who going to the saturday night dinner
Posted by Rob Young. (Member # 131) on November 15, 2019, 05:24 PM:
"It will be an exellent weekend for all involved im sure those that cant make it have thier reasons .lets enjoy it ."

This is your edit post.

You've already spoilt the whole thing for me, you and Simon with his "Garden" post.

I don't like little clubs, clans, inside chit-chat crap.


Nah, you've ruined it for me.

Sorry fellas, I thought we were grown ups.

Good luck with it all.
Posted by Simon McConway (Member # 219) on November 15, 2019, 06:48 PM:
I would ask a moderator to note that unfounded accusation of bullying which I take seriously. A small irrelevant piece of humour resulting in that accusation is way out of order and very serious. Please delete this whole thread.
Posted by Brad Miller (Member # 2) on November 16, 2019, 12:22 AM:
Hold on there Simon. You're asking me to destroy part of the forum archives here, and that's a MAJOR no no. Have you ever heard the phrase "sticks and stones....." (yes, you know how it goes).

We are all adults here. Yes I received your email and I've read the posts on the first page and honestly I just don't see what the big butthurt is, nor do I appreciate you wasting my time with this schoolyard silliness. It's just a word and we aren't a group of 5 year olds that need to break down and have a cry over it.

So just to be extra clear on this, there will be no deletion of the archives here, and no I will not punish Rob as you requested in your email either. He is entitled to his own opinion, just as you are entitled to your sarcastic post on page 1 that was nothing more than teasing the people who can't make it.

Not able to make it this year-too much to do in the garden. Hope you all have a good time. If anyone sees a Bolex I’m looking for though...
Since Simon is demanding action for this heinous crime, this is the action I am more than willing to take:

Now how about getting back to the topic of the Blackpool convention, of which is something I wish I was able to attend, but quite literally can't. (And no I don't even have a garden! [Big Grin] ) I hope everyone that is able to make it has a great time there, including Simon and Rob too if he should change his mind. Whoever does make it, please be sure and post some pics for us that won't be able to attend.
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on November 17, 2019, 07:40 PM:
After reading how grand this event is/was, I and others here are looking forward to seeing some photos soon.... [Smile]
Posted by Lee Mannering (Member # 728) on November 18, 2019, 06:24 AM:
I really hope those who were in position to make sunny Blackpool had a wonderful time. Regretfully I was unable to come along this year due to a year of variable health, treatments and awaiting hospital. We did pop in the day before to shake a few friendly hands for a few minutes which was nice and God willing we will make Farnworth in 2020. I was remembering my first trip to a Blackpool film fair in 1978 most of the day off and on. Memorable.

Can I also thank those on here who telephoned Sunday to see if we were OK and mailed over the months.
God bless you.

See you at Farnworth :-) If Cinema in Miniature is back from striping in time I will be bringing it to preview project.
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on November 18, 2019, 06:41 AM:
We missed you, Lee. Hope to see you at the Spring Fair, at the Big Screen Time or at the international 9.5 festival in Bradford. I will try to attend those three events.
Posted by Graham Sinden (Member # 431) on November 18, 2019, 06:44 AM:
Sad you wasn't there Lee and you always have some nice items to sell as well. First time I went there since 2006 as you've probably worked out and want to go again next year. And I won on the raffle early on which was a nice bonus. And the Sunday ended with a glorious sunset over Blackpool as I was leaving.

Graham S
Posted by David Skillern (Member # 607) on November 18, 2019, 11:37 AM:
Message to Rob Young,

Ignore some of the silly irreverant comments - we all do our bit for this hobby, supporting events or buying films and equipment. If you can attend these events - great - but lets not knock individuals for not attending the events.
Posted by Oliver F. R. Feld (Member # 1911) on November 19, 2019, 01:31 PM:
I have heard and read so much about the Blackpool Film Convention for years and thanks to a post from Adrian and the amazing post of David (who started this thread) it was my best decision to finally be part of this magical event.
I enjoyed every second and promised that my first visit at this extraordinary event will be only the first of many to come.
I don’t know if it was the friday 16mm-screening of „El Dorado“ (Howard Hawks is one of my favorite directors), the amazing screening day on saturday (neverending Super-8 and 16mm films from the moving „Listen To Britain“ to the funny „Wallace & Gromit‘s Grand Day Out“), the incredible Convention Diner incl. the quiz and the raffle (I also won a prize!) which I loved best.
But after all it was the wonderful people who gave me a very warm welcome from the beginning, who took care of me and were so incredibly kind - and who I really missed immediately after I needed to leave early on sunday!
Special thanks to David, Adrian, Simon, Pete, Dominique and Shorty:
Thank You all for including me into Your world! I am really proud to know You!
Posted by Mal Brake (Member # 14) on November 20, 2019, 06:00 AM:
Oliver, I'm pleased you had a great Blackpool experience. You and I had a brief chat by the bar on Saturday night,(I was the one who won the Disney Animation tome in the raffle). I don't suppose you had any luck finding a print of 'Dracula Prince Of Darkness' by any chance?
Posted by Oliver F. R. Feld (Member # 1911) on November 20, 2019, 10:41 AM:
Hi Mal
Of course I remember You!
I had no luck finding „Dracula-Prince of Darkness“ but a collectors heart has learned to wait: somewhere out there will be a print for me...
I hope You are fine.
Posted by Joe Caruso (Member # 11) on November 20, 2019, 10:45 AM:
What a pleasure to meet you, Oliver - May we both work tyogether or at least regularly - I again urge you and the others there to visit us in Wildwood, I extend an open invite to all - Cheers, Shorty
Posted by Oliver F. R. Feld (Member # 1911) on November 20, 2019, 01:44 PM:
By the way, Shorty: Laurel & Hardy is amazing!
Thank You again
Posted by Joe Caruso (Member # 11) on November 21, 2019, 08:43 AM:
Well...if we caught a fish, whoever we sold it to wouldn't have to pay for it...and the profits...would go to the fish...
Posted by Oliver F. R. Feld (Member # 1911) on November 21, 2019, 10:47 AM:

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