The Guest of Honour was Russell Towns who has had a long association with fencing in Otago. Many will remember Russell’s efficient organisation of Commonwealth and National Tournaments and many other activities in local clubs over the years. For his service to the sport he was awarded the MNZM in 2005.
Mike Geary was the Master of Cerermonies and guided us through the dinner, speeches and toasts very ably. Ted Nye presented an award (in absentia) to Fiona McMillan acknowledging her work with young fencers and those beginning the sport. The Royal Toast was proposed by Brian Ellis and the toast to Salle Angelo by Tony Williams. Gio gave the traditional Angelo address which took the line of thanks to two people – to Malcolm Fare who provided notes from and helped in an (unsuccessful) purchase of documents at a auction at Sotheby’s, and to Bruce McGechan who gifted prints from “Ecole d’Armes” and an early edition of Henry Angelo’s Pocket Fencing Manual to the family.
An excellent evening.