I was reminded of what beautiful buildings we have in Manchester on Friday evening.
We held our Gala Dinner to mark the end of the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) Conference which we hosted. The event included a civic reception hosted by the new Lord Mayor in the majestic Town Hall with the dinner itself in the stunning Manchester Art Gallery. The venues were grand and I felt proud, and I know our European guests were impressed.
The conference has been a success, providing an opportunity for us to showcase some of the innovative research and exciting developments taking place here as well as learn about important advances taking place across the continent. The more we share, the more we learn, and the more we learn the better we can treat and care for our patients.
John Stapleton, the award-winning TV presenter and journalist was the special presenter at our Gala Dinner. A national personality who's also a local Oldham-lad and a fantastic supporter of the Christie. John and his wife Lynn Fauld-Woods came up from London just to support the dinner and were fabulous company.
And the entertainment provided by the Duffy Brothers and Canzonetta children's choir was superb. But we all know 'Manchester's got talent'.
It may have rained for most of the four-day conference, reinforcing any European stereotypes about our weather, but the people and places showed the real reason why there's a 'Greater' in Greater Manchester.