On Monday morning, all delegates, accompanying people and guests gathered at the Corn Exchange, along with 500 students from local schools, for the official opening ceremony of ICTP2017. Presented by Tony Robinson and directed by Julius Green, this was a production aimed at celebrating, educating and inspiring on all things metal forming. Highlights included knife throwing, BMX performances, music, dance and the unveiling of the ICTP2017 Peacock.

The school students were invited to write down questions on metal forming to put to our delegates and we were absolutely thrilled at the excellent questions we received. The delegates' responses were filmed and will become part of the legacy video.