Our 50th Anniversary Evening

I would just like to say thank you to everyone for making our anniversary evening this weekend a great success and a most enjoyable evening for all. In the end about 100 people attended across the evening from around the region, many have passed on their thanks to us for all the work involved in putting on the evening.

The collection of memorabilia on display from our first 50 years as an association was outstanding (it was very difficult to know where to start). Our MC, Roy Pankhurst did a fine job in getting everyone’s attention with his hand bell and town Cryer impression, Dan Dingle’s drinking game speech was another memorable part of the evening.

The cake, which featured our five SWVA logos from the period was a great feature, but I believe the star of the show was the slide show of the last 50 years. With over 1,000 photo’s (that’s 3 hours at 6 second per slide) celebrating our sport in all its various forms over the decades, many thanks to those who forwarded photos. The 70’s, 80’s & 90’s are already available on line, the remaining 20 years will be available shortly.

Our Exec chose four people to take part in the ceremony of cutting the cake (L to R).
Rachel Swindell, our long term competition Secretary, Ros Sutherland, our long term junior and coaching official. Also chosen to take part, our two youngest committee members, Ben Fairweather, our U17 Head Coach and Florenie Ermeje, our Inter Regional Beach team manager.

It was also great to be able to celebrate our 50th anniversary with some of our previous SW Chair holders; Graham Person (attending the tournament during the day), Dan Dingle during the evening and a letter of congratulations from Wilma Kelman / Martin.

Full size photos at: SWVA@50 Anniversary Evening

Dave Reece
SWVA Chair

Some initial photos of the evening are now available on the SWVA Media page.

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