First and foremost I would like to give my thanks to our outgoing Chairman and other stalwarts of BristolCon who are moving on. Of course, we hope they join us in the future when their schedules permit.
Over the eight years that BristolCon has run, I feel the convention has gained in strength. Many of the original features have grown to become traditional and some newer traditions have evolved over the years – CAKE!
I am delighted that so many of our attendees have expressed their enjoyment not just with the panels and organised events but with the pleasure of meeting up with friends and making new ones who share a love of SF&F. It is testament to the success of the con that so many people return year on year and that they bring new people along.
As I move into the chair I am resolved to keep all of the elements that have made BristolCon successful and to help them grow. We will continue to invite formidable guests; to provide panel discussions on many diverse subjects; and to improve the experience for guests, attendees and volunteers alike.
I am immensely proud of the activities and dedication of so many individuals in providing the art show, the dealers room, the technical setup, and a huge
amount of cake. These will again feature in 2017. Behind the scenes, we have organisers of membership, volunteers, websites and comms, and someone to
keep an eye on the pennies. Let us not forget the contribution paid by the Doubletree Hilton staff whose helpful and friendly attitude continue to make this an enjoyable venue.
I thank you all for your enthusiastic support and am greatly looking forward to working with the old team and new volunteers. It is in no small part your involvement and enthusiasm that makes the convention a success.