AS in the
Merseyside AS held its first Open Show at the
Liverpool Show, Wavertree, when societies from all over Britain were
invited via an advertisement placed in The Aquarist magazine...
A new idea at Table Show’s was a selection of fish for
member’s to judge for themselves, then, the official judges judged the
fish and gave their results announcing how the points were allocated to
each species. The members were then invited to compare their own findings
with the judges and some interesting comparisons were had...
The Society was approached by the Liverpool Museum
Authorities to stage an exhibition of tropical fishes. During the course
of the exhibition, two evening lectures were given at the Walker Art
Gallery Lecture Hall, the first by Dr. F.N. Ghadially, MD., PhD., DSc., on
Breeding Tropical Fishes, accompanied by two films. The second, by
Mr. R.E. Legge of Chester Zoological Gardens, was on Marine Aquaria,
illustrated with colour slides. On the evening of the lectures the Museum
remained open till 7-45pm. so that visitors could see the exhibition
before attending the lectures. Admission was free...
Former Merseyside AS member, Eddie Pillinger, who had
been trading as Greenfield Aquatics for a number of years from the
basement of his house in Greenfield Road, Old Swan, opened his first shop
in Wavertree, called the Merseyside Aquaria
Company Ltd. Shortly after this he changed the name to Water World Ltd., due in
part, I was informed, because many of his customers thought the name was
too similar to the Liverpool Aquaria Company! Eddie Pillinger went on to
open another shop in Walton, and another in Chester. Business expanded even further when he opened his Water World
Garden & Aquatic Centre in Burton, South Wirral.
Eddie has now retired from business and one of his employees, Len
McGlashen, took over the ownership of the Aquatic Centre, the
three shops having been sold...
The Society celebrated its 20th Birthday and the
committee introduced an Annual Cup competition for Society members only,
which was promptly won by the Chairman Fred Mulla...
This ‘Special Edition’ Newsletter
effectively marked the birth of the magazine as we know
it, the magazine apparently running with the original News Letter
logo whilst a competition was held for a cover design and magazine title.
Three former members think it was "A Blackpool chap named Gordon
Howard" who submitted the design of an outline map of Britain with
the then club badge positioned so that the point of the base indicated
Liverpool. The name, it seems, was formed from a combination of the Beacon fish
(Hemigammus ocellifer) and the newly built ‘Beacon’ of St. John’s
Market Restaurant Revolving Tower in the city centre. No matter, Volume 2 of the magazine was
seen in January 1967 sporting its new cover and name …Mersey Beacon!
The AMDAS (Association of
Manchester & District Aquarist Societies) was formed when "It was
felt that the number of clubs in the South Lancashire area, within traveling
distance of Manchester, was so great that some liaison was
needed." Societies within a 50-mile radius of Manchester were invited
to join. Founder members were: Belle Vue AS; Glossop AS; Gorton &
Openshaw AS; Heywood AS; International Catfish; Knutsford AS; Macclesfield
AS; Merseyside AS; Osram AS; Rochdale Breeders; Salford AS; Stockport AC;
and Tropical Aquarium Breeders. In addition to lectures, film libraries
etc. the main attraction was the Northern Show League run at Open Shows.
The society with most points at the end of the season being awarded the
League Champion's Trophy, which was sponsored by Yeats Publications and
the Pet Trader...
The first Open Show of AMDAS was held
and twenty-two societies benched over three hundred entries. Best Fish in
Show Award went to Vera Parkes. The trophy for most points in
show went to Merseyside AS with 371 points...