25 Years! For most of us this isn’t a small passage of time; some would argue a generation! Indeed the passage of the American Revolutionary War (outside the foment and dissidence) lasted but a fraction of this and yet here we are a small, close-knit circle of friends and cohorts, sharing an anniversary perhaps none of us would have predicted that our somewhat odd hobby would last.
The answer for this is quite simple – Michael Butterfield.
It is beyond doubt that the engine room for the society’s longevity has been powered by Mike’s enthusiasm for the Georgian era, his dedication in research, care to detail and boundless subject knowledge.
I came to meet Mike through Chris – a friend and a society member with a hobby so left-field, so anomalous to me as to pique my interest and so, having attended a couple of sporadic events in the run up to the turn of the millennium I found myself pulling on the breeches time and time again.
Some eighteen years later I feel proud to call Mike a close friend, someone I respect and wish well with future endeavours as he takes a hard earned back seat and focuses on ventures new. I hope these receive the same nurturing and professionalism he was kind enough to grant to The Society of King George the Third.
The Society, it’s portrayals and research is all based around a period that with every passing day stretches that little bit further away and yet, as this milestone is reached it is the future we focus on. With the bar having been set so high it was decided amongst the members that we would share the colossal workload that our predecessor bore without complaint.
The quarter century hasn’t passed without it’s pitfalls and losses and we still remember kind friends such as Jim Fuller and Colin Adams.
We look forward to working with, edifying and entertaining clients and their patrons old and new in the years to come!
Wayne Mitchell, Society of King George the Third
God Save the King!