I came to my first FF 2014 and knew no one, from the seed of that FF and the many other I have attended since I have at least dozen people I’d call friends who I can go 6 months without seeing and pick up a conversation as if we had only seen each other yesterday.
Since I left school the number of new friends I have made in my life are limited to work colleagues, who to be honest my only interaction outside of work are Xmas parties once a year. My Star Wars collecting friends are to me friends in the truest sense.
And that is thanks to FF.
In early December 2014 my wife left me for the bloke she was having an affair with for 12 months and took my son 100 miles away to live with him. Mentally you can only imagine the state I was in. Attending the Christmas FF that year was the first time I could put if out of mind and was a glimmer of light in a very dark part of my life.
It would be crying shame if FF ended, it means a lot to me and so many others. I love the drive from London to Fordingbridge be it on a bright summers day in August or in deepest winter in December. I love the ship and the crown, I love the curry house and that town hall.
In the last 5 years I bought around a 100 MOC’s, at least 20of them at have been at FF plus many other items. Heading home from FF with a boot load of vintage and great memories gives me the warm and fuzzies.
I have my son now every other weekend, so it’s automatically 50/50 on whether I can I attend. The more notice you can give on dates the more chance there is of me organising so I can attend.
I still always struggle to make the Spring FF, I think I’ve only manage 1 or 2 of them due to family commitments. This years was no different. Even though I went to celebration I would have still come to FF had my girlfriend not booked us a weekend away for my 40th.
In closing You've got to do what you’ve got to do. But if you want some feedback (because it’s a gift, right?) go to 2 a year; a summer and winter event. Keep it on a Sunday. And try to give us some notice, a least a couple of months or more if possible. I’d love to see the panels in the afternoon again as well.
David Tree wrote:Thank you to those of you that chimed in, it was humbling to see, read and understand what the event means to some of you.
Thank you, it means a lot.
Richard has asked me to get in touch to with respect to the summer show as folk need to get plans in place etc.
As it stands for some of the reasons and factors outlined, there will be no summer event this year.
However, for those that are around, I am one of the team running "The Star Wars Zone" at London Film & Comic Con later this month 26th-28th of July, so would be great to see as many of you there as possible
With respect to the future of Farthest From and any further dates, we'll have to wait and see
All the best,
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