At 3.45pm on Friday the UNISON National Delegate conference begins to wind down with the traditional motion of thanks for our President. Who this year was Eleanor Smith, aNHS theatre nurse from Birmingham (see photo left).
The general idea is to gently tease the President with embarrassing reminisces and photographs from childhood.
Eleanor was in tears when her two daughter's spoke to conference about their Mum and how proud they are that she had been UNISON's first black President.
At the NEC meeting on Friday Morning Chris Tansley, a child care social worker, from Nottingham who did such a great job as Chair of the Local Government Conference debate on pensions, has been elected as the new president of UNISON together with Maureen le Marinel and Lucia McKeever as our vice presidents.
I don't think that you can really understand UNISON if you haven't witnessed the end of national conference. Anyway, roll on NDC 2013 which will take place I understand for the first time next June at the fair City of Liverpool!