Toy trade stalwarts celebrate Richard Beecham’s 92nd birthday

Published on: 31st March 2017

A group of toy industry veterans gathered for lunch earlier this week to celebrate the milestone.

RichardBeechamRichard Beecham is a toy industry legend, having made his name with seminal toy companies and brands such as Dunbee Combex Marx, Triang and Hornby. He only retired from the industry in 2008 when Flair was sold to Giochi Preziosi.

Amongst Richard’s guests at the birthday lunch were Alan Hassenfeld, Ralph Erhmann, David Lipman, Robert and Clive Beecham, Phil Shayer, David Rurka, Michael Angel, Peter Brown, Alan Munn, Hugh Clarke, Jerry Reynolds and Gary and Cath Grant.

Over lunch, these toy veterans – who cumulatively have a combined toy history of over 500 years – shared anecdotes relating to Richard Beecham’s life and career. Alan Hassenfeld reminded the guests that the thread that bound them together was a common love of the toy industry and a mutual respect for competitors.

Richard’s wife, Patricia, read an amusing and moving rhyming address written by Richard in response to the many kind words from his guests.


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