On the 12th of August 1995, in Woolpit, Suffolk the fans gathered for the first time.
The first ever Discworld Event was generously hosted by Bob and Trish Baker who at that time owned Clarecraft. The location was an empty warehouse on their business estate which was
situated in a worked-out sand pit just outside the village of Woolpit. Isobel organized it and all the good folk of Clarecraft made it happen.
Picture the scene:
Think of Klatch, slightly fewer flies and absolutely no camels but a hot sun beating down on the tin roof of an empty warehouse surrounded by sand which gently edged its way in through the open doors. Several hundred fans, many in costume, queued to have books signed; the band played and the Morris men danced. The temperature climbed until Terry abandoned his fedora and replaced it with a rather fetching tea-towel soaked in cold water – and continued to sign.
A less likely place for magic to happen would be hard to find but magic happened and if you were there you became a part of it. That weekend twenty years ago friendships were made that still endure, traditions were established and the abiding memories of laughter, companionship and fun are still fresh.