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Happy 80th Birthday to....

British Fandom!

This is what Rob Hansen said in THEN:

On Monday 27th October 1930, at 32 Thorold Road, Ilford, the inaugural meeting of The Ilford Science Literary Circle was held. Besides Kippin, his wife, and Gillings, the other five who turned up included one J.W.Beck (later described by Gillings as "...a valuable member of the Circle... can always be relied upon to propound a sound argument..."), and George and Mary Dew. This latter pair were, according to Gillings "...a middle-aged couple who without quite realising what it was all about were willing to lend their front parlour so long as the group enlivened their Monday evenings". The readings from contemporary works of SF given at the meetings prompted discussion and argument that in turn provided Gillings with 'copy' for the Recorder. In all a full eight of the paper's columns were filled with accounts of the Circle during the nine months and thirty-seven meetings of its existence.

So since this was organised by Wally Gillings, who then went on to hang around in fandom until the mid-Seventies, and is the first UK fan meeting anyone knows anything about, Rob reckons it has a good claim to being the birth of British fandom. So Rob, Sandra Bond, Brian and I went over and found 32 Thorold Road, looking very shabby in its current incarnation but just three streets away from here, and split a bottle of bubbly in celebration.

Cheers!

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owlfish
27th Oct, 2010 16:07 (UTC)
Does this need to be f'locked? It seems like the sort of thing worth spreading about more widely!
coth
27th Oct, 2010 16:11 (UTC)
Good point. I unflocked it.
davidwake
27th Oct, 2010 17:12 (UTC)
Happy Birthday to us.
davidwake
27th Oct, 2010 17:16 (UTC)
I just popped round virtually. I wonder if those future gazers would have thought that possible. There's no blue plaque! Should we start a campaign?
the_maenad
27th Oct, 2010 17:20 (UTC)
Thanks to you and Brian for your hospitality (and to Meiriol for playing 'Happy Birthday' on the clarinet).
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