Seeing and hearing how to perform magic tricks didn’t lessen the enjoyment for Paisley & District U3A members at their recent AGM. Nearly 70 people watched guest speaker Magician demonstrate a few tricks and later quizzed him about it.
Another kind of magic also occurred as the winners for this year’s photography competition were announced. Out of five picture categories, the overall winner was Gordon Philips from Elderslie with Eddie Gemmell from Paisley as runner-up.
This year’s judges included Kate Cummings, chair of the Houston Camera Club, Gavin McCormack with Gavin McCormack Photography, and Robert Tabor, curriculum and quality leader, Photography and Media at the West of Scotland University.
U3A chair, Kathleen O’Donnell said: “We learned a lot about illusion and tricks from Magic Ian, and now we have a better idea of what happens on the stage and TV. We also are grateful to our photo competition judges, Kate Cummings Gavin McCormack and Robert Tabor. They had the hard task of selecting the best pictures from so many wonderful entries. We can’t wait to see even more fantastic work by our gifted amateur photographers on display at our 2020 AGM! ”
Paisley & District U3A is a self-help learning co-operative for semi and fully retired people. It is part of a UK-wide and international educational movement. It is led by local volunteers who share new and fun ways of learning together in later life. Scotland already has 54 U3As and this number is growing.
The next Paisley & District U3A meeting will be held on Thursday 5th December at 2pm. The guest speaker is Scottish Opera general director, Alex Reedijk.
He will share how the fortunes of this national musical treasure have been turned around over the last 13 years. Tea and coffee is available from 1.30pm in the Salvation Army Hall, Mill Street, Paisley, PA1 1ND. Details of U3A activities at: www.u3asites.org.uk/paisley/welcome.
Main Photo: U3A photo judges Robert Tabor, runner-up Eddie Gemmell, Kate Cummngs, winner Gordon Philips and U3A chair, Kathleen O’Donnell. Photo credits: Douglas O’Donnell