|★ GAMES ★ SALONS ★ AMSTRAD NORTHERN SHOW 1986 ★|
|Amstrad Northern - 1986|Computing with the Amstrad)||Amstrad Northern - 1988||Amstrad Northern - 1989|
Northern Show breaks records
WITH an hour to go to the opening of the first Northern Amstrad Computer Show, more than 1,000 people were queueing patiently outside.
This set the scene for the event which was to eventually break all previous records for a two day machine specific show held in Manchester.
In all more than 10.000 enthusiasts braved wet. cold and windy conditions to converge on the New Century Hall, in the heart of the city.
Nor were they to be disappointed. For more than 60 new products were unveiled on the first day and bargains galore awaited as 66 exhibitors competed with one another.
Even the elusive 3in discs were in plentiful supply - at least during the Saturday as heavy demand created shortages by Sunday.
With Amstrad's new PCW8512 going on public display for the first time, there was fittingly a strong showing on the business package front. And the companies selling the micros themselves reported unusually high sales figures.
"It was a first class show, very much of the standard we are now learning to expect from Amstrad events organised by Database", observed one standholder.
"Here was yet another example of Amstrad's continuing success story".
The only gloomy faces at the show belonged to some male visitors who had turned up hoping to see busty Page 3 girl Samantha Fox play strip poker.
Not in the flesh, but in the form of a new game from Martech.
Within half an hour of Samantha Fox's Strip Poker going on display, it crashed thanks to too many men pounding away at the keyboard.
"Even though this was only Sam in digitised form, it certainly caused considerable excitement", reported a spokesman for the organisers.
"The trouble stemmed from the fact that some male visitors were over-ar»*ious to see her take her clothes off".