Belleek Int'l Collectors Society
United Kingdom Group

Belleek pottery
Convention 1999 Washington DC




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Following on from the UK Convention in Stoke on Trent, The venue for our 1999 bi-annual Convention was the Hyatt Hotel Washington DC

1999 Convention Plate

Above..A limited edition of 600 commemorative 1999 Convention Plates were produced

The 1999 Convention was based at The Hyatt Hotel in Washington DC. Honoree for this year was Linda Beard who was inducted into the Hall of Fame looked on by well-wishers including Linda's husband, Larry and fellow members from the Magnolia Chapter.

Right...Here is Linda pictured after the ceremony wearing her chain of office being congratulated by our first honoree, Commander Fred Gary

Linda Beard with Fred Gary
Plenty of events were planned for the convention including a Saturday moon-lit River Pontomac cruise, Panel consisting of Liz Stilwell, Fergus Cleary, Marion Lady Langham and Nancy Levine who discussed forgeries' Fergus Cleary presenting on the design of new Belleek pieces, initial design sketch to the finished article. MC was Don Campbell shown right, who was presented with some Belleek for carrying out his duties so diligently. Speakers also included Liz Stillwell Orange County who gave a talk on Belleek Earthenware. Marion, Lady Langham gave a presentation on photographing Belleek pieces. Over lunch, George Moore talked of pottery progress for 1999 and plans for the coming Millenium year at Belleek Pottery. Don Campbell
Now a firm tradition at our International Conventions, Dean Bagnall, right presided over a 'seed auction' for the next convention in Toronto 2001. If you have not witnessed Dean in operation extracting bids from a group of unsuspecting collectors, then it is a wonderful experience. Good-humoured banter and coaxing of bids from those gathered. All too soon, it was time for farewells, traditional breaking of the 1999 Convention Plate mould and everyone eagerly awaiting the 2001 Convention in Toronto, Canada.
Patricia McCauley,Fergus cleary and Dean Bagnall





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