Golden night for Royston Hockey Club

PUBLISHED: 10:37 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:49 11 May 2010

ROYSTON Hockey Club celebrated its golden anniversary on Saturday, with a coming of the ages. More than 180 members and guests from the last five decades came together at the Heath Sports Club in a marquee decorated in the club s black and white colours

ROYSTON Hockey Club celebrated its golden anniversary on Saturday, with a coming of the ages.

More than 180 members and guests from the last five decades came together at the Heath Sports Club in a marquee decorated in the club's black and white colours and filled with memorabilia.

Presentations were also made to all the players in attendance from the past 50 years, with organiser and former chairman Colin Smith also recognising club president Ron Barker as well as other honorary life members, vice presidents, members, and umpires.

Also honoured were the club's senior and youth coaches, social secretaries, and committee members.

Smith said: "Hockey is a team game, and it is as much about what happens off the pitch as on it. We worked extremely hard in collating match reports, pictures, memorabilia and trophies.

"But we all had a fantastic evening, and it was nice to see everyone browsing through the memorabilia and soaking up the memories of the last 50 years."

To highlight the changing fashions, fellow organiser Tim Yow, also set up four mannequins dressed in kit spanning from the 1970s to the current strip.

One of the club's founder members Brian Gadsby, who alongside Colin Cain and Fraser Field helped set the club up with a fund, was also in attendance and received a medal of honour.

The evening also paid tribute to the lives of members and players who were no longer with them, including former player Matthew Windebank who died earlier in the year, with donations made to Cancer Research UK.

Former player and current GB and Olympic Games hopeful Jo Ellis also supplied a framed, signed shirt of the current men's GB team who are also set for Beijing, as the evening's main raffle prize.

New chairman Guy Nankivell joined predecessor Steve Welding to present medals to the club's junior players, before the evening ended with live music from the decades from OPUS 17.

Smith added: "The event was all about remembering, enjoying and sharing. The club has experienced so much in that time and continues to grow - here's to the next 50 years.

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