By Thomas James, Welsh Section Chair
October saw the 54th Welsh Section Annual Dinner take place at the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff. The event was attended by more than 120 people from across the industry, plus representatives from linked industries and other stakeholders.
As guests arrived, the evening began with a performance by Welsh male voice choir Hims & Arias, which included some classic Welsh songs. IGEM President Steve Edwards opened the dinner with a few words regarding the work IGEM is undertaking to support the future of the gas industry.
As Chair of the Welsh Section, I talked about my time in the industry, the memorable events that have taken place and the future of the Welsh Section.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that sponsored a table or purchased a ticket for this event; without your support this event would not have been possible. These included: Armstrong Fluid Technology, British Gas, GATC (Gas Assessment & Training Centre), Green Frog, Hilton Hotel, Honeywell, Industrial GRP, Long O Donnell Associates, Penspen, Pythia Contracts, Steve Vick International, T&M Group, Wales & West Utilities and Wardle Painters.
The chosen charity for the evening was Parkinson’s UK Cymru. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.
We were joined by Bethan Palfrey from the charity, who gave some moving examples of the impact that Parkinson’s has on people’s lives. The event raised over £1,400 for our chosen cause thanks to an auction and raffle with prizes provided by sponsors, which included international rugby tickets and Manchester United football tickets.
The final entertainment was provided by The Party Bandits, who played a medley of new songs and party classics. Pip Wrenn, Past Chair of the IGEM South West Section, said that it was one of the most entertaining and enjoyable dinners she has attended.