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Andreas Markides' Presidential blog
Locan Cup 2017
10 September 2017
On the 10th September I was on the train on my way to Lincolnshire for the Locan Cup, organised by the East Midlands region. I have to admit, I had been a little apprehensive about this event as I am not a golfer. Probably like many of you, I have been aware of this event as a standard item in CIHT's calendar without really knowing much about it.
Well, I was soon to find out what a wonderful event it is - and it is actually one that dates back many years as it was inaugurated soon after CIHT was established.
I was made very welcome by the organising committee and during dinner I had the opportunity to meet many of our members who, in addition to being top professionals, just love to play a round (or, in some cases, a few rounds) of golf in their free time. I was left with the strong impression that it is a close-knit community and one that keeps one of our longest traditions running successfully. My only recommendation is that it would be great to see a younger, more diverse group of members taking part. I am sure that such a change would breathe new life to this event and ensure that it continues long into the future.
To cap it all for me (and as I was judged not to be good enough to hold a club) I was given the opportunity to join another smaller group of participants in the tour of Lincoln castle and the splendid cathedral. This parallel grouping was expertly led by Josephine Parry the wife of John Parry who himself had been instrumental in the organisation of the golf tournament. Despite the rain (it was the weekend of hurricane Irma and even Lincolnshire was affected by bad weather) our group had a fantastic day which included a viewing of the Magna Carta, being displayed in a special room in the castle.
My thanks to Steve Wiles, chair of the East Midlands region, and to the organising committee for a wonderful two days. In particular, I'd like to thank John Parry for leading the proceedings and Chris Bulman OBE who is chair of the Locan Cup committee.
Did you know…
Thirty years ago the London Docklands were a desolate place. Today we have a mini-city with 16m sq ft of offices and 1m sq ft of shops, employing more than 120,000 people, almost as many as the population of Cambridge and 50% more than the financial centre of Frankfurt.
How was this achieved? In addition to collaboration and political will, it's all about the power of transport!
London Docklands is now connected with the DLR, the Jubilee line, Thameslink, Network Rail's overground network, Crossrail, HS1 and London City airport.
So, if Canary Wharf is the heart of the Docklands, transport constitutes the arteries and veins that link it to the rest of the world.
Source: Sir George Iacobescu, chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Group.
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