Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards was the special guest at the Midland Region Annual Business Forum / AGM at the Eaton Hotel, Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Eddie’s talk followed the formal business programme, which included a great mix of presentations and business information.
Tom Brennan of Central Networks described the ‘free’ services available to FMB members for health and safety talks on sites, David Weir reported on the savings to be gained by FMB employees who choose to use the B&CE Benefit Schemes Easy Build and Template, and Mark Harding, an enforcement officer with Birmingham City Council Building Control Department, showed shocking photographs, and gave descriptions of some appalling works carried out in the city.
Regional President Graham Urwin conducted the business of the forum and AGM in the absence of Patrick McGeever, who was unavailable due to his preparations for the great Prostate Cancer Tractor Run – from John O’Groats to Lands End.
All Regional Officers were returned for a further twelve months: President Graham Urwin, Vice President Arthur McArdle, Treasurer Roy Billingham, and delegates to National Council remain as present.
Stour Valley was awarded the region’s Best Branch, from which the interest in supporting Prostate Cancer awareness came in the first instance.
Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards was introduced to the audience and kept everyone amused with his stories of how he became Britain’s first – and only – ski jumper. Eddie explained how he first got into the sport, traveling all over the world, and overcame his fear by going higher and higher up the jump scale.
These days Eddie runs a building and plastering business in Cheltenham, and has recently become a member of the FMB.