Grays of Westminster, the legendary Nikon dealer, was presented with a stunning, heavy crystal trophy on 26th July, by the Managing Director of Nikon UK, Mr. Michio Miwa during a celebratory luncheon at the exclusive Belgravia, London hotel, The Goring.
The trophy, which features a 3D image of the legendary Nikon F camera laser-etched into the award, reads:
"Presented to Grays of Westminster to celebrate their 25th Anniversary and their outstanding contribution to Nikon users." - Nikon UK Limited
Grays of Westminster was founded a quarter of a century ago by Gray Levett who had the idea of creating a world-class camera store which would offer a service second to none. The concept began to take shape and ultimately came to life as Grays of Westminster.
In a letter to Gray Levett, Mr. Makota Kimura, the President of the Nikon Corporation, Japan wrote: "Grays of Westminster is a well-known and respected business that has become almost a household name amongst professional photographers during the past twenty-five years. This is no doubt a result of your commitment to your customers and understanding of the Nikon brand.
"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on such a momentous occasion and would like to express our gratitude for your support of the Nikon brand. I am looking forward to a continued mutually beneficial relationship during the coming years."
Poirot actor David Suchet CBE was among the first to congratulate Grays of Westminster
The distinguished actor David Suchet CBE and long-term customer sent a message with his regrets, "Thanks so much, but sadly can't be with you, filming Great Expectations for the BBC, playing Jaggers. Have a wonderful celebration. Congratulations!!!"
Amongst those taking part in the celebrations was Richard Young, the UK's most successful celebrity photographer, Mike Maloney OBE, Britain's most decorated press photographer, Andrew Main Wilson Chief Operating Officer of the IoD (Institute of Directors), Damien Demolder editor of Amateur Photographer, former editor of AP, Garry Coward-Williams, Nigel Atherton editor of What Digital Camera, founder Gray Levett, co-director Uri Zakay, Gillian Greenwood, Nikon Owner magazine director and author of In the Company of Legends …a history of Grays of Westminster, as well as senior staff from Nikon UK.
Receiving this award, Gray Levett said: "This is a significant moment in our history. I am delighted and honoured to receive this beautiful crystal trophy from Nikon. Grays of Westminster started a quarter of a century ago from humble beginnings with just Â£100 and no stock to speak of; to be accepting this award in the grand surroundings of The Goring today is something I could have hardly imagined.
"Grays of Westminster have what is probably the widest range of new, second-hand and vintage Nikon in the world. From the very beginning we aimed at offering our customers the very best service and the finest in Nikon equipment. This tradition continues today. The fact that we have survived over the last twenty-five years has been made possible by our very loyal customers, the hard work of all of our staff and our strong relationship with Nikon UK and Nikon Japan."
Posted on: Monday 1 August 2011