Our 75th Annual Convention was planned to take place from Wednesday 28 September to Sunday 2 October at the Queens Hotel in the city of Dundee in Scotland.
On 12th July the hotel contacted us to inform us that they were cancelling our room bookings made with them from that date until early November as the hotel group had voluntarily been contracted by the Government to house refugees from Ukraine.
Needless to say, this news came as something of a bombshell and resulted in a couple of days of frantic phone calls and internet searches to see if there was any other hotel in the area that could handle Convention. Of all the possible problems that could arise with Covid etc this one was not on our radar!
Not surprisingly, at such short notice and with a huge backlog of weddings and other functions following on from the Covid lockdowns we have not been able to find anywhere that can accommodate our programme satisfactorily over three or four days in either the planned Convention week or in the weeks before and after.
After a full review of all options by the Executive Committee, we have therefore, reluctantly, been left with no option but to cancel this years Convention. We will be looking to see if we can hold some of the Convention programme virtually and further details on this will follow on this page in the coming weeks. We can already confirm that the Society auction will now revert to a postal/ web based sale.
We can only apologise to all those who had already booked or who were about to and, in particular, to those of you who may have already made travel plans. Also our apologies to those who had prepared displays.