The championships got under way with a splendid opening ceremony staged at the Reardon Smith Lecture Hall. After being entertained by the Whitchurch Male Choir, the audience heard the President of the British Bridge League, Patrick Jourdain, made a speech of welcome. He was followed by the Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of the City and County of Cardiff, Councillor John Phillips, who extended greetings on behalf of the Local Authority. The final address was made by the Chairman of the EBL Youth Committee, Panos Gerontopoulos who then, together with the Lord Mayor, formally declared the Championships open.The ceremony was followed by a Civic Reception at the Marble Hall of the City Hall.
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