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Saturday, 12 January 2008

Eagle Society Weekend and Annual Dinner, 2008

9th – 11th May, 2008

Nigel McMurray, our Social Secretary, has asked me to post, for the benefit of Members, the highlights for this year’s Eagle Society Weekend, which will be held at the Carberry Conference Centre, Musselburgh, just outside Edinburgh. A full two days of activities including talks and tours are planned, starting on the afternoon of Friday, 9th May and concluding after lunch on Sunday, 11th May.
  • The Eagle Society’s Annual Dinner - with haggis, neeps and tatties
  • “A case for PC49” - Douglas Newbigging
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and The Lost World - Alan Riach [provisional]
  • “Wizard Tales” - Jeremy Briggs on the adventure comics of D.C. Thomson of Dundee
  • A Tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Lunch at the Hawes Inn - under the Forth Rail Bridge
  • A trip to Roslyn Chapel
  • A bus tour of Edinburgh – seeing the Castle, Sherlock Holmes statue, Scott monument, the Harry Potter café, Greyfriars Bobby, the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament and the City from Arthur’s Seat
  • Walk around South Queensferry - and view the Bridges.
  • “Greyfriars Bobby; what really happened …”
  • “Great Eagle soaring o’er the silvery Forth” – an especially commissioned poem “by William McGonagall”.
  • “An Evening with Robert Louis Stevenson” - Ian Nimmo of the RLS Club
  • “David Britton – polar explorer” - A new Eagle back page adventure!
For Members of the Eagle Society, the cost for the weekend is £160 sterling, which includes two nights accommodation. Non-members wishing to take part should enclose in addition the appropriate (UK or Overseas) Membership Fee (separate cheque, please) with their application.

If you would like more details, or to confirm details and/or availability of places, please contact Nigel by e-mail.

To make a definite booking would Members please write, enclosing payment (in £ sterling, please, cheques made payable to the Eagle Society) to:
Adrian Perkins
19, Wolsey Way,
Cherry Hinton,
United Kingdom
The illustration is from the adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World that was written by Richard Jennings, drawn by Martin Aitchison, and appeared in Eagle, Vol 13 No 10 – Vol 13 No 29 (1962).



Thanks again for the weekend it will always remain with me. Nice to meet Howard, Will, Nigel and all. I had a lovely walk in the grounds the next day.

In a recent visit to Glasgow's Mitchell Library I met a man called John M.Blundall who has permanent
> exhibition/workshop at The Mitchell. He has spent more than 60 years 'in puppets' and
> he designed the marionettes for Gerry Anderson... Fireball, Stingray,
> Thunderbirds etc. He told me when he was making puppets and scenery for
> Anderson , Frank Bellamy used to come into the studio to copy the puppets
> for TV21 he thinks it was. He was sure that his recollection of EAGLE was
> the centre spreads that carried historical features? I thought it was always
> the cutaways but he seemed quite sure. A very interesting man and puppet
> maker/collector.
He has a great website www.the worldthroughwoodeneyes.co.uk

Will Grenham said...

Thanks 'golden eagle'. It was very good to meet you, too. We certainly enjoyed your talk. Your recollection is good - it was cutaways in the centre pages, at least, until the feature moved to the back in the early 1960s.