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Betty’s “Fat Rascals”

Monday, 03 June 2013 | By Gerry Mulvaney


By Gerry Mulvaney, European Sales Manager, Landa Digital Printing

fat rascal5Betty has a tea shop in Harrogate in North Yorkshire and it is a rather famous. Patronised by kings and queens as well as the rest of society since it opened in 1919, it is as much a part of Harrogate life as the biannual North Print exhibition, which is usually my reason for visiting Betty and taking afternoon tea and one of her famous “Fat Rascal” scones.
My first Harrogate print show was with Itek, a division of Kodak selling daylight platemakers and cameras. Revolutionary at the time, since they did away with darkrooms to make litho printing plates direct from paste up copy.

Harrogate was also where I sold my first phototypesetter, the Quadritek, which again was a new technology in the world of Lithography. Computer to plate with Dainippon Screen and Agfa as well as digital printing with Indigo and Xerox were also major technical advances which I introduced to my customers in the Harrogate exhibition centre.

The North Print show was also a popular event in the print calendar, since not only could you see the latest technology without travelling down to London, you and your spouse could visit the many antique shops, the thermal spa baths, the beautiful landscaped gardens and stay in hotels which looked like they belonged in an Agatha Christie novel – in the case of The Old Swan Hotel, it actually featured in Agatha Christie’s famous disappearance. And of course at the top of the hill you could pop in for afternoon tea with Betty.

So it was rather nice in May to be back in Harrogate at the newly revised North Print and Pack show, expanded to cover packaging as well as commercial printing. I was there to present “Landa Nanography®, from concept to commercial reality” in one of the theatres set up in the show halls. I was able to reflect on the progress we had made since the launch of Nanography at Drupa and bring the audience up to date on the progress made so far towards our planned beta sites and product release.

Bettys hasn’t changed much since I first visited in 1975. Her “Fat Rascals” are still as good as ever, but when I had finished presenting the Landa story, afternoon tea at Bettys made me realise that while she hadn’t changed at all over the years, Benny Landa’s Nanography was a milestone for the printing industry marking the start of another round of changes and an exciting new chapter.


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