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Held at Olympia in November 1910
Extracted from the Cycle and Motor Trades Review
On Saturday evening last a dinner to celebrate the opening of the first international show of cycles, motor-cycles, and their accessories was held at Olympia. It was attended by a thoroughly representative gathering of the trade, and was a highly enjoyable and successful function.
Mr. Charles Marston, President of the C.M.T.U., occupied the chair, his immediate supporters being Messrs. A. Brown, Stenson Cooke, E. Gascoine, W. Hyslop, W. M. Letts, E. Manville, F. W. Shorland, Geo. R.. Sims, and H. Smith. Mr. Arthur Brampton was in the vice-chair, and amongst the company were Messrs. A. Dobson, R. J. Mecredy, F. Straight, A. C. Armstrong, L. Auerhaan, F. B. Bale, C. J. Band, J. Bardsley, A. Bednell, H. Belcher, A. E. Bennett, S. Bettmann, J. Biddle, F. T. Bidlake, H. A. Blackie, E. M. Boileau, H. Bowden, C. H. Broadhurst, W. S. Burke, R. Burns, H. Copping, E. Dangerfield, A. J. Davis, G. Dawes, W. Doig, W. Dover, C. Everitt, W. Fitzwater Wray, A. Gray, H. H. Griffin, W. Groves, A. S. Hill, C. Hill, J. Horsman, C. A. Hyde, J. A. Jackson, R. L. Jefferson, H. Jelley, A. J. Kay, E. H. Kendrick, R. T. Lang, J. Livie, F. P. Low, J. Mackenzie, J. Macfarlane., H. Maddocks, B. Marians, J. McCrum, T. Meredith, E. J. Mitchell, S. R. Noble, E. J. O'Reilly, J. C. Percy, W. Pratt, J. H. Price, W. Priest, C. V. Pugh, A. J. Salmon, C. Sangster, S. Schwer, W. Smith, J. S. Stafford, W. A. Standring, J. A. Stevens, J. Urry, W. H. Wells, W. Whittall, A. J. Wilson, G. Patterson and T. F. Woodfine.
The toast of "The Show" was (in the absence of Mr. A. E. W. Mason) proposed by Mr. Frank Shorland, and replied to by the Chairman.
Mr. Marston, at the outset, paid a well-deserved compliment to Mr. Bednell for the great work he had undertaken and accomplished, and to Mr. Blackie, the Show manager. To the Society of Motor Manufacturers there was also due the thanks of the Union. The Society, said Mr. Marston, was an example of unity. As regarded the cycle and motor-cycle trade, he was glad to say that they were more united than ever before, and the present show was an indication of that fact.
In proposing the toast of "The Press," Mr. Arthur Brampton spoke of the good work which had been done by the Press in suppressing obnoxious advertisements. He wished, in connection with the Olympia .Show, to point out that it had not been promoted out of any antagonism to any other show. The sole question was that the trade should control the show, and that being so, their venture deserved success. Mr. Brampton referred to the fact that at no period in the history of the trade had manufacturers been so keen on quality. As to the future of the Show, there was every reason to say that the Olympia exhibition would be an annual one.
Other speakers included Mr. W. M. Letts, Mr. E. J. O'Reilly, Mr. Albert Brown, and Mr. G. R. Sims, the latter gentleman being particularly careful to impress his hearers with the fact that the present show included motor-cycles as well as cycles.