Shortly prior to EAG taking place, UDC reported the sad passing of Derek Horwood’s brother Melvyn, on 1 January, aged 87.
After Melvyn had finished his National Service he went to work for his father Ralph Horwitz and brothers at Chicago Automatics, after a while he left and went to Amusement Arcades in London.
He later re-joined Chicago Automatics for a few years eventually leaving in 1985 to start his own sales company Premier Automatic Machines known as PAM.
Melvyn was a popular figure around the coast and with single site operators regularly popping in for a coffee and catch up as well as to conclude business.
After he retired, he could still be found at exhibitions meeting and greeting the many friends he had made over a lifetime devoted to the industry. He is survived by his wife Pamela and children Keith, Carole and Daniel.