Saturday, 19 September 2009

Friends of Hardwick Tennis Club

We drove through the gates of Hardwick House our home court to the chorus of Carmina Burana for the final game. We were met by Phyllie and Beth who had been beavering away preparing the dedans for our homecoming. Eric Walker, our first reserve, arrived on his motorbike soon after, Sam Outram who swept the court in his city suit and David Weston who was to kindly mark our game.
We played two sets between six and seven pm. Not perhaps our finest tennis - Guy and Gus prevailed! It was good to play to a full dedans as many guests soon arrived.
Following the game it was a lovely surprise to be presented by David Weston with "The Hardwick Round Britain Chase Salver", a trophy to mark our tour and for and Hardwick members to compete for in the future. Thereafter a jolly party ensued in the dedans until the late hours. Many thanks to Julian Brind for supplying the wine, Phyllie and Beth for organising the food, and to all Hardwick members and other guests who came to support us and to all our sponsors.

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