Industry unites to pay tribute to Lynn Tait

The Lynn Tait Memorial Celebration, which takes place on Friday 15 September is lining up to be a fitting tribute to the amazing woman who meant so much to so many people in the greeting card industry.

Lynn Tait (right) with PG’s Jakki Brown at the 2012 Olympics.
Lynn Tait (left) with PG’s Jakki Brown at the 2012 Olympics.

On hearing that an industry memorial event was being organised by PG’s Jakki Brown to pay tribute to Lynn Tait (who sadly lost her battle with cancer on June 1), a host of publishers, retailers, agents and suppliers have all pledged to say a few words about this great lady at the afternoon celebration.

The memorial will have the theme of ‘Lessons from Lynn’, paying homage to her selfless sharing of advice and encouragement on both business and personal fronts over her many years in the trade as a publisher, retailer and co-founder of The Ladder Club.

Lynn Tait delivering the Queen her 90th birthday cards that had been designed as a result of a great competition Lynn instigated involving loads of schoolchildren.
Lynn Tait delivering the Queen her 90th birthday cards that had been designed as a result of a great competition Lynn instigated involving loads of schoolchildren.

Among those who will be making short speeches about the lessons they learned from the lovely Lynn include Hannah Dale (Wrendale Designs), Ian Bradley (agent), Debbie Wigglesworth (The Paper Library), Jeremy Bacon (The Sherwood Group), Miles Robinson (House of Cards), Eloise Hall (Eloise Hall), Michelle Mills (Windles) and Jessica Hogarth (Jessica Hogarth Designs).

The Memorial is taking place between 2.30-5pm on Friday 15 September at The Depot, (1 Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF. Nearest tube Caledonian Road), an airy brasserie adjacent to PG’s offices.

The event will culminate in a musical tribute, that will be led by Bill Greeno, sales director of Paperlink on the keyboard.

Plus, because Lynn was partial to the occasional Archers, a Bel-lynnie will be served to toast the lovely lady.

Lynn celebrating one of the many charity fundraising initiatives she instigated for Action Medical Research involving Christmas card designs donated by those from The Ladder Club.
Lynn celebrating one of the many charity fundraising initiatives she instigated for Action Medical Research involving Christmas card designs donated by those from The Ladder Club.

The celebrated landscape photographer, Charlie Waite with whom Lynn set up the Waite and Tait greeting card brand is sad that he cannot make it to the memorial, but is full of praise for the joy and inspiration that Lynn brought to so many people’s lives.

Charlie writes…“Of course we meet many people as we travel through our lives, but there will only be a handful that will have a profound bearing on the direction we ourselves take.

Lynn’s wish was always to give and not to take. It was as if Lynn was given to us to help raise our estimation of ourselves and to support us always.

Lynn with Charlie Waite (left) and her local MP at one of the exhibition events she organised.
Lynn with Charlie Waite (left) and her local MP at one of the exhibition events she organised.

Thanks to Lynn, I will always do my best to hold my flag aloft, fluttering in the breeze. It would have a simple message written upon it…Thank You Lynn. Love you.”

The Memorial is open to all to attend. Just email Jakki Brown on jakkib@max-publishing.co.uk to let her know you are planning to come and whether you would like to say something.

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