Shottery celebrated their 30th anniversary dinner and awards ceremony in some style at The Bear in Stratford on Friday night. A large audience of 130 guests, including Mark Hensher of Unity Automotive, Leicester who generously sponsored the guest speaker, and Pete Nottingham of Stratford Audi who was the club’s main shirt sponsor for the season, sat down to enjoy a fantastic three course meal before the main event of Welsh rugby legend JPR Williams MBE.
JPR was resplendent in his British Lions blazer from the successful 1971 tour of New Zealand and regaled the captivated audience with tales of bygone days and his views on the current state of Welsh rugby. JPR was ably assisted by his wife Scilla who prompted him at all the right moments. Following a lively Q&A session, the evening was finished off in style with live music from the Andrew James band.
The following awards were presented during the course of the evening: Player’s Player: Andy Houghton; Young Player: Simon Lee; Clubman: Kev Costigan; Captain’s Choice: Huw George; Top Try Scorer: Richie Evans; and Most Improved Player: Ross Kitching.
A special award of a club blazer was also made to Ross Kitching, who played in the first ever Shottery fixture and is still playing regularly for the club, to recognise his outstanding contribution over the years. Ross was quoted as saying earlier this season “I don’t even like playing rugby, I just like being with you guys”, which sums up exactly what Shottery RFC is all about.
The club will be making a charitable donation to the Welcombe Hills School from the proceeds of the very successful auction of sports memorabilia.