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Members Lunch 2015 Photos by Maggie Radcliffe Copy Peter Sampson

Just a quick update for those who sadly could not be with us yesterday for the WSRA Spring Lunch.

Sadly, the weather was not kind to us overcast and rain when we gathered to unveil the new plaques in our memorial garden. The World Speedway Riders’ Association Honorary Chaplin Michael, carried out a short but touching ceremony, followed by the unveiling of the new plaques.  Reg Fearman unveiled the plaque to Danny Dunton and reminisced about his memories of Danny and his pleasure in remembering the times they worked together. Colin Pratt then unveiled the plaque for Nigel Boocock and although Colin is a man of few words we all understood just how much his relationship with Nigel Boocock had meant to him.

Then the WSRA were delighted to welcome the family of Tony Clark, including his widow  Easterine and Rosemary Ballard widow of John Ballard, both ladies then unveiled the plaques to their late husbands.

Chatting to our guests after lunch they all said the meal was very enjoyable, following lunch we held a raffle and gifts were presented to Pam and Trevor Hedge who run the very successful Eastern lunch at Norwich and also to Mac and Elaine from our Speedway Museum.

It was of great pleasure to welcome our principle guest, Tony Gillias, representing the Speedway control bureau. Tony was accompanied by his wife Jan and when speaking with them later I was pleased to hear that they thoroughly enjoyed the event.

This was our most successful spring lunch to date, numbers wise, we had almost 90 guests. The only slight disappointment was that ex rider members were thin on the ground.

The monies raised by the event, including the raffle and some gift aid amounted to approximately £800 for the WSRA kitty, well done to all who helped to make this an enjoyable and successful event.

Maggie and Tony Radcliffe were there taking photo’s which grace this short report.

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