Sunday, 8 March 2015

Derek Berry writes more about the celebration of Ken Spain's Life - at the club on Sunday 22nd March

Dear All

Having met with Graham Brooks, Ralph and Mike Tidy we now have a format for the celebration of Ken’s life at the club on Sunday 22nd March commencing promptly at 1230. We are anticipating a huge turnout since we are assuming that the majority of those attending will be accompanied by their partners .

Contrary to my previous e mail there will be a simple buffet (sandwiches)and Agnes, Ken’s widow, has kindly agreed to underwrite the cost and will be putting a float into the bar.

I should emphasis that this is not a memorial service but a celebration and Agnes has said she would like to make it a “fun” event . There will be a few tributes at the beginning lasting no more than half an hour (important you get there on time) and will be followed by some entertainment  in the form of a Jazz band, an activity enjoyed by Ken. The cost of the band has been generously sponsored.

We will invite those attending to contribute to a collection, the proceeds of which will be sent to the Geneva Hospital Unit which handled Ken’s donation of his organs and one which Agnes wants to support.

If any of the addresses were at Purley Grammar School at the same time as Ken and knew him well I would be pleased to hear from you. I guess he started at Purley in either 1948 or 1949.  Although his rugby career is well known, less is known of his School career.

We look forward to seeing many of you on the 22nd.


Derek

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