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Wakefield 2008 details confirmed

Published: 28th Jan 2008, 22:53:20 | Permalink | Printable

Event in April heads for its birthplace

show news logoThe Wakefield show is returning to its roots as this year's event will be hosted by the hotel where it first opened in 1996. Its organisers, the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club, confirmed today the event will take place on Saturday, April 26 at the Ceder Court Hotel in Wakefield, which is where the first ever Wakefield show took place.

This year's event, sponsored by Advantage Six and MW Software, will include a show theatre, and companies and groups wishing to exhibit are asked to book stands as soon as possible.

Show co-organiser Chris Hughes said: "The 2007 show was held at the Mill House and Frobisher Suite by the Stanley Ferry Marina. Sadly that venue is no longer available because the owners have turned it into a 'wacky warehouse'.

"Thus we had to find a new home again for the show. After much searching we managed to find somewhere. The show is returning to where it all began back in 1996 at the Ceder Court Hotel, Wakefield, which is rather nice as it's also the club's 25th anniversary."

Entry costs a fiver. For more details, see the website link below.


Wakefield show website

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Well, I know I'll be attending.

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 29/1/08 8:12AM
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2007 was my first Wakefield show and I thought it was great. Was brilliant to put faces to names of people who had been so helpful over the years. I can't wait until April 24th :)

Happy 25th Year WROCC!

 is a RISC OS UserBecky on 29/1/08 8:30AM
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We'll be there.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 29/1/08 8:50AM
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In reply to becky

Just to nip any confusion in the bud : The show is on April 26th.

I spotted your slip because the 26th is my daughter's birthday and, sadly that means I can't make it this year.



 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 29/1/08 9:56AM
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It was great to go to the last show but the venue was disappointing. What's the original venue like?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 30/1/08 11:04PM
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In reply to AW:

Well I don't think it will be anything like the original show! IIRC it was spread over two large rooms and was absolutely packed.

 is a RISC OS Userinchiquin on 31/1/08 9:56AM
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So, what's the hotel like to stay in, then?

For 2007, I decided to use my car (as I'm wont to do now and again) as a makeshift camper, tightfisted scrooge that I am. (Mind you, I wasn't selling anything so keeping costs as low as possible made sense).

Where I slept, though, was fairly high ground, and flat - so really exposed to the elements, and I didn't get much sleep. I also forgot to bring my razor and a comb - and the latter would have been VERY useful given the high winds I went for a walk in that morning. Result: At the show I thought I probably looked a mess at best, hanging at worst, and when I saw the pictures after, they confirmed it.

So, for 2008, staying in the hotel might be a good plan. That way I can get pished the night before, since I won't have to drive the next morning, and look hanging for the actual show for an entirely different (but very good) reason. :)

 is a RISC OS UserVinceH on 31/1/08 11:07AM
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Cedar Court is quite nice. I remember back when we first did Wakefield shows, The ARM Club and the smaller traders stayed in the Wakefield Campanile (budget flat pack clone hotels located on scenic industrial estates throughout Europe) and looked on in envy at Acorn and the larger dealers staying in the Luxury of Cedar Court. If we were very lucky (or just pushy) we'd be invited along for a drink there on a Saturday evening, before travelling back to our humble dwellings in the back of someone's van. These days we are happy to pay for decent accommodation there ourselves, and its the firms still relying on RISC OS for their income that are in the Campanile and B&Bs.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 31/1/08 1:25PM
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"... Wakefield Campanile (budget flat pack clone hotels located on scenic industrial estates throughout Europe) ...".

I believe that regulars refer to them as "Camp-in-hell".

 is a RISC OS Userdms on 31/1/08 5:18PM
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Sounds good. I posted my booking forms and cheque for a stand on the way home this evening. Hopefully, I'll remember to book the hotel in the morning!

 is a RISC OS UserVinceH on 31/1/08 6:27PM
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dms: A pretty fair description of most of them, but we used to stay in a Campanile in Gorinchem when we did the Dutch shows, and that one actually wasn't too bad. But that could have had something to with it havng a bar, Dutch waitresses, inflamable table orinaments, and TV channels which cateterd for every imaginable perversion. Happy times.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 31/1/08 11:09PM
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