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The usual attempts at spontaneous wit were featured in George Ferguson's speech.

'Old Red Trousers' was clearly feeling a little melancholy, due, Astragal assumes, to it being one of his last major affairs as president. At one stage he demanded that all the clients in the audience stood up to be applauded. Could this be a pointer to the work Ferguson will be up to next: development, perhaps? Anyone for an Urban Splash-style warehouse conversion in Bristol?

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