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Procol Harum in Manchester, 2001

The Palers' Convention : 16 June 2001

You are warmly invited to The Palers' Convention which will take place in Manchester on Saturday 16 June from 7.45 pm prompt until 1.00 am.

BtP has hired a very comfortable suite of rooms [see map below: it's a short distance from Palers' Base Camp] for the talk, live music and socialising; through the door is a licensed bar (open until 1 am) and lounge area, above that an intimate mezzanine – all private for Palers. See venue pictures here.

Convention address: Harold Riley Suite, University House
Convention address: Peel Park, University of Salford
Convention address: M5 4WT

Salford University's attractive 'Peel Park' campus is 1.5 miles west of Manchester city centre, close to an extensive network of roads and railways. Manchester International Airport is less than 15 miles away and a British Rail station (Salford Crescent Station) is situated on the edge of the campus. The Convention has Disabled Access. There is car-parking directly outside … we are hiring a security man to look after this …

If you are staying at Palers' Base Camp, get to the Convention by taxi : ring Radio Cars on 0161 236 3807 – or ask Jury's to ring for you – their manager guarantees BtP a maximum fare of 3 pounds, which is 75 pence each if you travel four-in-a-cab.

Many thanks go to Paler Dave Knight for all his help getting this organised.


£ 12–00 per person
Twelve British pounds
Children under 18: free

Capacity is finite so please add yourself to the ticket-list by sending BtP an e-mail: click here.
First come, first served!

People who pre-book can collect their ticket on the door for 12 pounds; otherwise, entry is 15 pounds
on the night

The Convention is priced to cover BtP's costs – hiring the room, PA, staff, and instruments (for which we had two very generous sponsors).

Gary Brooker mingles with Palers at the Guildford 2000 convention


Capacity for the Convention is not infinite, so please add yourself to the 'BtP' ticket-list by sending us an e-mail: click here. First come, first served! The attractions will include:


Comfortable surroundings (pictures here)


The genial company of fellow-Procoholics from all over the world.


The Faux-Procol words competition verdict from Chris Copping


Fully-licensed cash bar (extended by Magistrate's Licence to 1 am)


Unusual Procol concerts and clips on film


Absent friends send messages and music greetings on CD


A range of Shine On merchandise will be available at discounted Convention prices (thanks, Diane and John)


live music from the Palers' Band


A special Procol music quiz in which the Procoholics of Europe (captain, Sam Cameron) battle it out with the Procoholics from America (captain, Greg Panfile)


Your Convention ticket automatically enters you in the raffle of a signed Procol tee-shirt (new 2001 design)


"Friends in space, or the universe at the end of the restaurant"

... an entertaining Procol Harum talk by information architect, Jonas Söderström (thanks, Jonas!)

Jonas himself


We've also invited Procol Harum themselves … no guarantees, of course, that any of them will be free to come this time; but the whole band came to the Kristiansand Convention on 26 May, and listened to the Palers' Band with gracious interest. Many reports on last year's amazing convention may be found here.

The Palers' Band will play a couple of sets of Procol songs. This is a 'scratch' ensemble (see last year's twenty players here): this year's 23 players will be coming together on the day ... great excitement all round!

Capacity is finite – please add your name to our ticket-list by sending 'BtP' an e-mail: just click here. First come, first served!

Procol Harum concert in Manchester: index page

Manchester 'Faux-Procol words' Competition

Pictures of the rooms for the convention

All about the Convention in Guildford 2000

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