The annual general meeting at Swanwick 65 ended with a special treat.
During his after dinner speech, Curtis Jobling had drawn a few instant pictures of some of his characters from Bob the Builder, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion and Frankenstein's Cat. Then, to introduce his newest project the Wereworld Books, he transformed the picture of Bob the Builder into Were-Bob.
Curtis Jobling in action.
To help raise money for Swanwick, Curtis kindly signed all of the pictures and gave them to be auctioned in favour of Swanwick.
Bidding, except for Were-Bob that had a minimum price of £20, started at £10. Some heated battles ensuedas delegates bid for their favourite character. There was a funny interlude when a couple discovered half way through the auction of Curious Cow that they were bidding against each other.
The most heated contest was fought over Were-Bob. Two fans of Curtis Jobling's were determined to make that last and most coveted piece their own. Higher and higher they bid each other until the drawing finally went for £150.
Who's going to win Were-Bob?
My favourite piece was Frankenstein's Cat. Had I seen a way to bring it back to Switzerland safely, I would have participated in the bidding. The way things were, I was pleased that my Swanwick friend, gifted children's book writer Benjamin Scott, won Frankenstein's Cat for £45.
All the happy owners of an original Curtis Jobling at a glance.
The auction was the most exciting finale ever to a Swanwick AGM.