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FCC bids farewell to Gilbert Cheng – pictures and video

Hundreds gathered at the FCC on Saturday night to wish good luck to General Manager Gilbert Cheng as he retires after 46 years at the club.

Host Chris Slaughter read messages from absent members past and present in between inviting attendees to take to the stage on the first floor to share their own memories of Gilbert.

At the end of the evening Gilbert himself gave a speech in which he insisted this wasn’t goodbye, adding that he’d now be able to drink at the club without being on duty. Following his speech, Gilbert was presented with a sparkling cake to celebrate his birthday the following day.

The event was broadcast live on Facebook, giving overseas former members an opportunity to wish Gilbert well in his retirement. You can read those comments below the Facebook video.

See our gallery of photos here, and watch the video of the night’s speeches below.

Chris Slaughter. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Chris Slaughter. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Leong Ka Tai. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Leong Ka Tai. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Juliana Liu, left, and Keith Richburg. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Juliana Liu, left, and Keith Richburg. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Gilbert Cheng with his birthday cake. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Gilbert Cheng with his birthday cake. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Gilbert Cheng accepts a gift. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Gilbert Cheng accepts a gift. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Terry Duckham. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Terry Duckham. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Rob Mason, left, and Carlo Castellucci. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Rob Mason, left, and Carlo Castellucci. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Keith Richburg. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Keith Richburg. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Geoff Crothall, left, and MartinMerz. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Geoff Crothall, left, and MartinMerz. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Annie Van Es. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Annie Van Es. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Gilbert's sparkling cake. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
Gilbert's sparkling cake. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
A signed scroll for Gilbert. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC
A signed scroll for Gilbert. Photo: Sarah Graham/FCC



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The Human Rights Press Awards are run by the FCC, Amnesty International Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Journalists Association. The 22nd annual awards were held on May 12, 2018, in a ceremony at the FCC. Click here to find out who won.


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