OK, so we're now well into three pages
Just to clarify a few points: There are at least four hotel rooms booked for Saturday night and three for Sunday night (and these are just those that I know of). Interesting to hear of Tom's assertion that these can be easily changed - they can't. Anyone who uses Premier Inn will know that room rates fluctuate on a daily basis, and the most reliable way of getting a good rate is to book in advance. Once booked, they are non transferable and non refundable.
The same applies to air flights - one of our regular European visitors has already booked flights, and there is at least one other that I know of that may well have done the same.
The venue: So Mr PM thinks we should change the date to a Saturday? We may well be able to change to another Sunday, but the chances of booking the venue on a Saturday seem pretty remote. Remember, our venue is a social club.
And as for starting the auction at 10.30! So that would be viewing form 8.30 - I'm pretty sure that most people don't want to get up at stupid o'clock in the middle of the night to get to an auction at 8.30. Don't forget that people come from all over the country, not just the midlands.
I have to say that I am becoming increasingly irritated by this ongoing debate about 'what Coventry' should be doing. The date of Sunday 26th November was set at last year's auction, now over eight months ago - we're not the provocateurs here.
Has anyone pulled Mr H. to one side and told him he's being an arsehole?
Tom, your comment: 'I hope JC puts some thoughts around it and appreciate it is bloody annoying'.....yes it is bloody annoying (to put it mildly), but should it not be SH putting some thought into it?
Coventry will go ahead this year as advertised, but if it fails next year or in future years, I hope you will all enjoy the 'new revised' commission rates at EH. We've always said that we run Coventry for the benefit of the slottie community, but if that so-called community is more consumed with self-interest rather than support for what we have always called 'your auction', then so be it.
Perhaps there are some (I suspect many), who could take a lesson from the Irish tenant farmers back in 1880.