A MAGNIFICENT turn out of around 200 people celebrated half a century of the West Dean Charities with a special dinner held at Bells Hotel in Coleford.
With the league having been formed in 1966, it was apt that guest of honour for the night was World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst.
Also present was Albert Weager who had been the inaugural Secretary of the league whilst Clive Worgan and Ken Turner were also in attendance; both of whom had been closely involved over the years.
During the league’s 50-year existence, thousands of pounds for local charities in the Forest had been raised through the three competitions held every year before the season starts.
Following a three-course meal Sir Geoff Hurst gave a speech with memories of the many events leading up to during and after that tremendous World Cup, win keeping guests amused with inside stories of many of the players and management involved.
Even more money was raised as MC and comedian for the evening Ian Richards helped sell memorabilia including signed shirts from Pele, Paul Gascoigne and Sir Geoff himself, and a donated week’s holiday to Puerta Ventura.
Sir Geoff then honoured the League by presenting the cups and medals to the winning finalists for the three sections of the 2016 competition.
He also presented a special commemorative plaque to Graham Clements of Express Windows for his sponsorship over the years.
Committee member Max Morgan, who organised much of the evening on his 70th birthday, called it an ’absoutely super night’ and thanked Sir Geoff, Ian Richards and Bells Hotel.