The final evening function is traditionally the Gala Dinner which is a formal sit-down dinner and was held on Thursday 17th March in the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Hotel. Being St Patrick’s Day, the night had an Irish theme with green ferns decorating the tables, pre-dinner drinks held in the foyer before sitting down to a magnificent dinner in the Ballroom. The evening was ably compered by Mike Preston a local Fellow of the Institute. Before the dinner and at the end of the evening the everybody had the opportunity to celebrate St Patrick’s Day by sampling the traditional Guinness.
Presentations were made by IBD President Professor Charlie Bamforth to 3 new Fellows of Asia Pacific and 6 Educational Awards. We had some Irish dancers and a Rock Band as entertainment for the evening, a very memorable closing function for a very successful Convention. Pentair, our Convention Diamond sponsor were the sponsor for the evening which was attended by 335 delegates and guests.