Annual colour show wows audience in Hailsham

Audience at Photographic Colour Show
Audience at Photographic Colour Show

Hailsham Photographic Society wowed audiences with its annual Colour Show on Friday (March 6) and Saturday (March 7).

The show was opened by chairman, Ray Beckwith.

Special guest, mayor of Hailsham Cllr Jo Bentley also attended the event.

There were 20 audio visual sequences (AV’s) to show including humourous cartoons, gardens, landscapes, wildlife and local beauty spots.

The show was supporting charity Iasis Medical.

A spokesman for the society said: “Since 1999 they have provided medical and emergency assistance to people who are marginalised either as a result of conflict, poverty or the remoteness of their homes, giving aid worldwide.

“Dr Colin Tourle, who is a member of the Photographic Society and co-founder of Iasis, gave a presentation just before the interval to relate some of the aspects of the charity.

“Dr Colin was extremely pleased to accept, on the charity’s behalf, a cheque for £1,000 from the club presented by the Mayor. Together with the donations collected at all three shows, the total amount raised was nearly £1,700. Dr Colin said that it would pay for two or three Syrian refugee trips and was overwhelmed when several people approached him to offer to help raise further funds for the charity.”

The prize raffles were drawn during the refreshment intervals and visitors had the chance to view the prints on exhibition submitted by the members.

At the end of the evening Cllr Jo Bentley presented the prizes to the winners of the competition.

The winner of the best soundtrack went to John Watson for Elgar Serenade Lyrique (Melodie) for his AV Northumberland.

Cllr Bentley then announced the results of the overall AV competition.

Third place went to The Streets Of London by Ray Beckwith with the track by Ralph McTell.

In second place was Great Blasket Island by Jean Mills to the music Farewell To Connaught Cooley by The Ash Plant and narrated by Dee McNab.

The winner was Hellingly Hospital by Ray Beckwith to the haunting music Metaphysik by Kevin MacLeod and had stunning photography of the derelict building before its demolition.

The spokesman added: “At the end of Friday night’s show, Cllr Jo Bentley said it would be the last time she could attend as Mayor but hoped to return again next year because she really enjoys the show as it gets better each year. Ray closed the evening with thanks to all who attended, including members who had helped behind the scenes in setting up the show.”