If you were at our Twin Town competition on Thursday 3 October you'll know that it was a great evening. We enjoyed the excellent facilities of the United Reformed Church in Halstead, where our judge, Peter Norris, tackled the arduous task of judging 66 images - 11 each from Colchester, Braintree and Halstead and our respective twin towns of Wetzlar in Germany, and Pierrefitte and Haubourdin in France.
Colchester's entries were superb and they took the top slot, both as overall winner and 'best image', which was awarded to Derek Howes for 'Caiman Tossing a Fish'.
Those of us from Halstead were thrilled to come second and sent up a raucous cheer when the results were announced. Well done you lot! The final scores were:
Colchester - 199 points
Halstead - 184 points
Haubourdin - 180 points
Wetzlar - 177 points
Braintree - 166 points
Pierrefitte - 154 points
As with all these events, a lot of paddling goes on beneath the surface to ensure that it all looks serene on the night. A special mention must go to Steve for being the driving force and making sure everything got done, as well as to many others who contributed in all sort of ways to make it a very successful evening. And not forgetting the authors of our images - without you, we wouldn't have a competition at all!
We were honoured to have several dignitaries with us, including the Mayors from Halstead, Braintree and Colchester, and Mick Radley from Halstead's Twinning Association. We thank Halstead Town Council and London Camera Exchange (Colchester) for their very generous sponsorship of this event, and London Camera Exchange for bringing along some super raffle prizes.
Here's to 2020's Twin Town competition. Who knows, perhaps we'll make it to first place!