Exhibition industry mourns John Runacres
by Annie Byrne
Clip Display’s founder and chairman, John Runacres, passed away last month at the age of 69.John started Clip as Runacres Fowler and it became Clip Display in 1986. He is remembered by many as a leading player and innovator of the modular exhibition concept.“He was a great supporter of the exhibition industry,” said Paul Runacres, one of his sons. “He was passionate about it and he believed and recognised the importance that exhibiting has in delivering a key marketing message.”“On behalf of everyone involved with ESSA, I would like to pass on our deepest sympathy to John’s wife, family and colleagues. He spent many years on the BECA council (now ESSA), contributing his enthusiasm and guidance to help improve the overall industry,” said ESSA director, Chris Skeith.“My first experience of exhibiting was with a Clip Display system, and I remember John and his team visiting to ask we were happy with the stand and if we had any feedback, which I think shows the care and attention he showed to his customers,” Skeith added.John leaves behind him his loving wife Rindi and his three children, Claire, Mark and Paul.The funeral service will take place at St Mary's Church, Grittleton at 12.45pm on Monday 8th November. The family would like to offer an open invitation to anyone who would like to join them at the church or afterwards at Castle Combe Golf Club to help celebrate John’s life.However, the Runacres family has respectfully asked that anyone wishing to show their sympathy should make charitable donations to either the Poppy Appeal or The Lord’s Taverners, two very worthy causes that were close to John’s heart.