A Soaking Success!
Last Saturday saw over 60 members of the Society gather together under a rain-soaked marquee at Dyffryn Mymbyr farm in high spirits to celebrate our 50th anniversary: exactly fifty years since the Snowdonia Society’s first meeting in the Betws y coed Memorial Hall on 10 June 1967.
Members, friends and staff of the Society exchanged fond memories of the Esmé Kriby and the Society’s early days while enjoying cups of tea and ample cake. Speakers included old friend of Esmé and Society Trustee Bob Lowe; former Director of the Society Rory Francis; and young Business Member Kate Worthington of Snowdonia-based RAW Adventures.
Attendees also had the opportunity preview the Society’s 50 Years On 2017 Anniversary Exhibition which was on display inside the historic farmhouse. Cake competition winners were enthusiastically announced by 8 year-old Libby Worthington and received prizes for their efforts, which included a copy of the iconic I Bought a Mountain book by Esmé Kirby’s first husband, Thomas Firbank.
Despite the rain an excellent day was had by all and we were extremely proud to be celebrating 50 years of hard work in the National Park. Here’s to the next 50!
Images, clockwise from top left: Attendees gather to listen to speeches; the official anniversary cake made by member Joan Firth, memories and merriment with members young and old; a sneak preview of our anniversary exhibition.
Have a look at our online events calendar HERE and be sure to take part in our other anniversary events for 2017. We look forward to seeing you soon.