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BRANCH REPORTS                            Ron and Margaret Rookes. Chris Brinson was
                                                recovering aŌer an operaƟon and unable to
ESSEX BRANCH ͷ APRIL                            be there, but had sent a supply of printed
EASTER SUNDAY at the Museum of Power at         souvenirs to be handed out. With other curios
Langford is an established fixture in the Essex  and displays we easily filled five trestle tables
Branch calendar and over the last few years     and stood back to await the crowds, worrying
we have experienced a variety of weather.       whether they would find us now we were not
This year the forecast a few days before was    visible from the tea shop or the toilets.

for heavy rain all day but by Saturday it had   We needn't have worried; as soon as the
improved to just occasional showers. SƟll, our  promised rain arrived everyone rushed into
usual outdoor locaƟon seemed somewhat           the marquee for shelter and all three presses
exposed and we gratefully accepted the offer     were busy prinƟng keepsakes. The children
of a new posiƟon inside a marquee which the     in parƟcular were interested to set their
model engineers were unable to fill.             name and print something. As the outdoor
                                                aƩracƟons gradually gave up in the rain we
Len Friend had somehow transported his          began to wonder whether we were the only
Pearl treadle platen in the boot of a normal    people leŌ, but an occasional blast from the
saloon car, John Alexander had brought a        rooŌop exhaust vent reminded us that the big
more manageable Adana 5-3 and Julie was         Lilleshall beam engine was sƟll operaƟng in
showing people how to fold printers' hats       the main building and thankfully the tea shop
(which might have been more useful if it had    was open all day.
been waterproof paper). Alan Brignull had the
usual Horizontal Quarto and others were on      At the end of the aŌernoon we packed up
hand to help out — thank you to Mike Perry,     feeling that we had not had a wasted day. A

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