Herewith an item you may like, to bolster the ‘snippet of history’. It is copy of the letter received from the 1968 President of PBPS, Mr. H. A. Childs, accepting The Hornby Cup for the Society.
Back in the ‘Sixties’ at Hornby’s we had a good rapport with many members of PBPS; sometimes it was like a mini club meeting in the shop; some even got a cup tea or coffee!
If my memory serves me correctly, the annual exhibition used to be held in the hall of Mount Grace School. The general public would go along to view, and a ‘Photographic Judge’ would have selected a ‘Winner’.
I thought that the public would not always agree with his choice, so I came up with the idea which I put to my director, for us to create a silver cup to be awarded for the picture that the public liked and would vote for.
The trophy was to be named ‘The Hornby Cup’ I went to Hatton Garden to select the cup, and we had it engraved by Gerber’s the jewellers in Darkes Lane.
Once the winning picture had been chosen I then displayed it for a month in the shop window, along with the cup so the public got chance to see the result of their voting. ( A lot of people passed the shop window on the their way to and from the station)
I am so pleased that after all these years the idea is still carried on, but, the internet is now showing the winner, instead of a shop window . . Thank You! PBPS
With kind regards
Photographricks ( 1947 _ 2020 )